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# The senator has long held to the general principle that no

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8. The senator has long held to the general principle that no true work of art is obscene, and thus that there is no conflict between the need to encourage free artistic expression and the need to protect the sensibilities of the public from obscenity. When well-known works generally viewed as obscene are cited as possible counterexamples, the senator justifies accepting the principle by saying that if these works really are obscene then they cannot be works of art.
The senatorâ€™s reasoning contains which one of the following errors?
(A) It seeks to persuade by emotional rather than intellectual means.
(B) It contains an implicit contradiction.
(C) It relies on an assertion of the senatorâ€™s authority.
(D) It assumes what it seeks to establish.
(E) It attempts to justify a position by appeal to an irrelevant consideration.
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19 Nov 2006, 11:03
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
8. The senator has long held to the general principle that no true work of art is obscene, and thus that there is no conflict between the need to encourage free artistic expression and the need to protect the sensibilities of the public from obscenity. When well-known works generally viewed as obscene are cited as possible counterexamples, the senator justifies accepting the principle by saying that if these works really are obscene then they cannot be works of art.
The senatorâ€™s reasoning contains which one of the following errors?
(A) It seeks to persuade by emotional rather than intellectual means.
(B) It contains an implicit contradiction.
(C) It relies on an assertion of the senatorâ€™s authority.
(D) It assumes what it seeks to establish.

Senator wants to prove that no true work of art is obscene. When others point to well-known works that are seen as obscene, instead of he clarifying how they are not obscene, senator is saying that as "no true work of art is obscene", those obscene well-known works are not art work. So he is essentially assuming what he is trying to establish. No?

(E) It attempts to justify a position by appeal to an irrelevant consideration.

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19 Nov 2006, 11:07
ak_idc wrote:
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
8. The senator has long held to the general principle that no true work of art is obscene, and thus that there is no conflict between the need to encourage free artistic expression and the need to protect the sensibilities of the public from obscenity. When well-known works generally viewed as obscene are cited as possible counterexamples, the senator justifies accepting the principle by saying that if these works really are obscene then they cannot be works of art.
The senatorâ€™s reasoning contains which one of the following errors?
(A) It seeks to persuade by emotional rather than intellectual means.
(B) It contains an implicit contradiction.
(C) It relies on an assertion of the senatorâ€™s authority.
(D) It assumes what it seeks to establish.

Senator wants to prove that no true work of art is obscene. When others point to well-known works that are scene as obscene, instead of he clarifying how they are not obscene, senator is saying that as "no true work of art is obscene", those obscene well-known works are not art work. So he is essentially assuming what he is trying to establish. No?

(E) It attempts to justify a position by appeal to an irrelevant consideration.

Thats true. The senator relies on assumption to establish the given condition.
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19 Nov 2006, 11:07
ak_idc wrote:
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
8. The senator has long held to the general principle that no true work of art is obscene, and thus that there is no conflict between the need to encourage free artistic expression and the need to protect the sensibilities of the public from obscenity. When well-known works generally viewed as obscene are cited as possible counterexamples, the senator justifies accepting the principle by saying that if these works really are obscene then they cannot be works of art.
The senatorâ€™s reasoning contains which one of the following errors?
(A) It seeks to persuade by emotional rather than intellectual means.
(B) It contains an implicit contradiction.
(C) It relies on an assertion of the senatorâ€™s authority.
(D) It assumes what it seeks to establish.

Senator wants to prove that no true work of art is obscene. When others point to well-known works that are scene as obscene, instead of he clarifying how they are not obscene, senator is saying that as "no true work of art is obscene", those obscene well-known works are not art work. So he is essentially assuming what he is trying to establish. No?

(E) It attempts to justify a position by appeal to an irrelevant consideration.

For once i wish i cud say no to an answer given by u..................but u never never give me the leeway .....too bad aaaaaaa
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19 Nov 2006, 13:01
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
ak_idc wrote:
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
8. The senator has long held to the general principle that no true work of art is obscene, and thus that there is no conflict between the need to encourage free artistic expression and the need to protect the sensibilities of the public from obscenity. When well-known works generally viewed as obscene are cited as possible counterexamples, the senator justifies accepting the principle by saying that if these works really are obscene then they cannot be works of art.
The senatorâ€™s reasoning contains which one of the following errors?
(A) It seeks to persuade by emotional rather than intellectual means.
(B) It contains an implicit contradiction.
(C) It relies on an assertion of the senatorâ€™s authority.
(D) It assumes what it seeks to establish.

Senator wants to prove that no true work of art is obscene. When others point to well-known works that are scene as obscene, instead of he clarifying how they are not obscene, senator is saying that as "no true work of art is obscene", those obscene well-known works are not art work. So he is essentially assuming what he is trying to establish. No?

(E) It attempts to justify a position by appeal to an irrelevant consideration.

For once i wish i cud say no to an answer given by u..................but u never never give me the leeway .....too bad aaaaaaa

LOL. That was really funny Jyotsna
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19 Nov 2006, 13:53
Hey I got D as well, but I'm one of those who gets a few wrong as well!
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19 Nov 2006, 16:05
Agree with D. While reading the stem I started thinking that the senator's reasoning was circular. I believe D best conveys circular reasoning.
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19 Nov 2006, 18:50
D is the answer. The senator assumes that since the work is obscene, then it's not a work of art. This simply seeks to establish what he already believed in.
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19 Nov 2006, 22:15
D for circular reasoning.
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20 Nov 2006, 13:05
D for me too.
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20 Nov 2006, 13:19
I got D too
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20 Nov 2006, 13:49
Wowwwwwwwww..............were are likeminded lot here...................................D Rocks folks.......................
20 Nov 2006, 13:49
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