question in lsat! can't figure why

futurehero
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question in lsat! can't figure why

Postby futurehero » Thu May 19, 2011 8:21 pm

please read this question and explain why answer is 1.

the stable functioning of a society depends upon the relatively long0term stability of the goals of its citizens. this is clear from the fact that unless the majority of individuals have a predictalbe and enduring set of aspirations, it will be impossible for a legislature to craft laws that will augment the satisfactino of the citizenry, and it should be obvious that a society is stable only if its laws tend to increase teh happiness of its citizens.

the claim that a society is stable only if ..................... happiness of citiznes...., play which one of the following roles?

1. it helps to support the conclusion of the argument
2. it is used to illustrate general principle that the argument presupposes

1 makes sense but 2 seems correct too....?:(

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Re: question in lsat! can't figure why

Postby Knock » Thu May 19, 2011 8:39 pm

futurehero wrote:please read this question and explain why answer is 1.

the stable functioning of a society depends upon the relatively long0term stability of the goals of its citizens. this is clear from the fact that unless the majority of individuals have a predictalbe and enduring set of aspirations, it will be impossible for a legislature to craft laws that will augment the satisfactino of the citizenry, and it should be obvious that a society is stable only if its laws tend to increase teh happiness of its citizens.

the claim that a society is stable only if ..................... happiness of citiznes...., play which one of the following roles?

1. it helps to support the conclusion of the argument
2. it is used to illustrate general principle that the argument presupposes

1 makes sense but 2 seems correct too....?:(


2 is incorrect because the argument isn't presupposing "that a society is stable only if its laws tend to increase the happiness of its citizens." The argument is explicitly stating it to support the conclusion that "the stable functioning of a society depends upon the relatively long term stability of the goals of its citizens."

presuppose [ˌpriːsəˈpəʊz]
vb (tr)
1. to take for granted; assume
2. to require or imply as a necessary prior condition

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Re: question in lsat! can't figure why

Postby MarineLaw » Thu May 19, 2011 8:56 pm

exactly. No presupposition to be had.




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