Max on August 15 at 06:56AM
I am confused as to why answer choice E is incorrect. I initially interpreted the general principle that â€œno true work of art is obsceneâ€ as a premise for the senatorâ€™s conclusion that â€œthere is no conflict between the need to encourage free artistic expression and the need to protect the sensibilities of the public from obscenity.â€ This conclusion would not follow from this premise because there is no guarantee that encouraging free artistic expression would always result in â€œtrue works of art.â€ I viewed the senatorâ€™s justification of his principle in the face of the counterexamples as irrelevant because the counterexamples discuss â€œwell-known works,â€ which are not â€œworks of artâ€ per se. I chose E because I thought that the senator was trying to justify a position (what I perceived as his conclusion) by appealing to an irrelevant premise. Why is this reasoning incorrect, and how can we be sure that â€œno true work of art is obsceneâ€ is the senatorâ€™s conclusion despite the word â€œthusâ€ in the second line?
Meredith on September 5 at 06:20PM