A philosophical paradox is a particularly baffling sort of argument. Your intuitions tell you that the conclusion of ...

ash on August 14, 2019

please explain

I don't understand this question at all really.. Could someone break it down / explain ?

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Irina on August 14, 2019


Great question. Let's review the stimulus.
The passage tells us that philosophical paradox is baffling because your initutions tell you that "the conclusion...is false, but they also tell you that its conclusion follows logically from TRUE premises." To restate this claim, your intuition tells you that the following is true about a psychological paradox: (1) the conclusion is false; (2) the conclusion follows logically;
(3) the premises are true. Then the passage tells us that "solving a philosophical paradox requires any one of three things: that its conclusion is true, that at least one of its premises are not true, or that its conclusion does not follow logically from true premises." Since each of these items corresponds to the opposite item on the intuition list, it must be true that solving a philosophical paradox requires accepting at least one of the assumptions that intuitively seem to be incorrect as the correct answer choice (A) states.

Does this make sense?

Let me know if you have any further questions.

chelseaborg on September 15, 2019

Could you explain how you got that intuition tells us that the premises are true from the stimulus?

Irina on September 16, 2019


The stimulus explicitly states that "they [the intuitions] also tell you that its conclusion follows logically from TRUE premises."