Tania: A good art critic is not fair in the ordinary sense; it is only about things that do not interest one that on...

Josh on June 10, 2018

Why B?

Could you please explain why B is the answer instead of C?

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Christopher on June 10, 2018

@joshuavt, with these questions you're trying to get at the heart of why the two speakers disagree. This means you need to establish what each speaker's conclusion is to see where the differ. Tania essentially argues that if someone is passionate about art, they will be unable to critique art fairly and dispassionately. Monique argues that even though someone is passionate about art, it is possible for them to critique art fairly and dispassionately by intentionally setting aside their biases.

(B) gets to the point at issue by recognizing that while Tonia says that no art criticism is unbiased, Monique says that it can be if the art critic is intentional about it.

Where (C) goes wrong is that both speakers actually approach this point in the same way. They both seem to suggest that for a critic to be fair they must be dispassionate about whatever it is they are reviewing. However, both seem to admit that "a good art critic" (Tonia) and "the best art critics" (Monique) by nature will engage artwork passionately. So both would likely agree that (C) is false. From this point of agreement, they move in opposite directions to the actual point at issue, which is whether any art criticism can or cannot be fair/unbiased.

Does that help?

Josh on June 14, 2018

Yes thank you very much!