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# People often admonish us to learn the lessons of history, but, even if

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08 Mar 2019, 17:04
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People often admonish us to learn the lessons of history, but, even if it were easy to discover what the past was really like, it is nearly impossible to discover its lessons. We are supposed, for example, to learn the lessons of World War I. But what are they? And were we ever to discover what they are, it is not clear that we could ever apply them, for we shall never again have a situation just like World War I.

That we should learn the lessons of history figures in the argument in which one of the following ways?
(A) It sets out a problem the argument as a whole is designed to resolve.
(B) It is compatible with accepting the argument’s conclusion and with denying it.
(C) It is a position that the argument simply takes for granted is false.
(D) It expresses the position the argument as a whole is directed toward discrediting.
(E) It is an assumption that is required in order to establish the argument’s conclusion.

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Updated on: 09 Apr 2019, 04:34
I chose D.

To learn from a lesson of history we need to know what to learn and how to apply it after learning.

The author attacks both these aspects and says one doesn't know the exact learning and also if we did know, we cant apply it. Thus it attacks the bold sentence which takes a position the whole argument is pushing against

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Re: People often admonish us to learn the lessons of history, but, even if  [#permalink]

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09 Apr 2019, 03:12
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This is a good one.I almost lost it for a minute.

The argument = it is difficult or of no use to LEARN THE LESSONS OF HISTORY.

D)the argument says the bolded portion is of no use...

Bingo!!!!

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