Lopez: Our university is not committed to liberal arts, as evidenced by its decision to close the classics department...

Deidra on May 20, 2019

Please explain

Why wouldn't Warrington's argument be perceived as a direct challenge to Lopez?

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Victoria on May 25, 2019

Hi @Deidra-McCall,

A direct challenge to Lopez's argument would claim that the university is, in fact, committed to the liberal arts. Warrington makes no such claim. Rather, they suggest that having a classics department is not necessarily indicative of a commitment to the liberal arts because the study of classical works, which is essential to the liberal arts, is also undertaken by other departments.

In this way, Warrington is presenting a consideration to undermine Lopez's reasoning that the closure of the classics department is evidence of the university's lack of commitment to the liberal arts, a strategy directly restated by answer choice E.

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