There are already more great artworks in the world than any human being could appreciate in a lifetime, works capable...

Oscar on October 24, 2018

Answer E

Hey why is answer choice E incorrect? Sorry I figured I should make myt own thread for my question.

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Jacob on October 26, 2018

Thanks for your question. As always, let’s focus on the question stem. We are trying to find an answer that will tell us why the argument is most vulnerable to criticism. Next, let’s think about the structure of the argument.

Premise: There are more great artworks in the world than any human being could appreciate.

Conclusion: Contemporary artists, who all believe that their works make people feel more aesthetically fulfilled than they otherwise could, are mistaken.

In order to find the right answer, we need an answer that explains the flaw in the argument — or in other words, the logical connection (or lack there of) between the premise and the conclusion.

Answer E is incorrect because it does not attack the connection between the premise and the conclusion. Instead, it attacks an unrelated point: the impact of the number and variety of great artwork in the world on the amount of aesthetic fulfillment derivable from any contemporary artwork. The argument in the passage was not about the amount of aesthetic fulfillment derivable from any contemporary artwork. It was instead about the broader impact of contemporary art, and the potential for that art to “enable many more people to feel more aesthetically fulfilled.”

I hope this helps! Let us know if you have more questions.