A popular book argues that people who are successful in business have, without exception, benefited from a lot of luc...

on November 14, 2019

I choose B, why A?

I really thought it was B


Skylar on November 14, 2019

@ca_teran1@yahoo.com Happy to help!

(A) states that the argument "mistakes the claim that something is required for a purpose for the claim that it is sufficient for that purpose." In this case, that "something" is "a lot of luck." The argument claims the book's statement that luck plays a role is ridiculous because successful people put in a lot of hard work. Therefore, it wrongly interprets the book's argument as claiming that luck is the only thing required for success (AKA sufficient) and fails to take into account that both luck and hard work may be required for success (AKA necessary).

(B) is incorrect because the argument does not necessarily accept or comment on the book's view as authoritative. It merely presents a popular book's view and criticizes it. In this case the source is not overly relevant to the reasoning of the criticisms presented.

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on February 19, 2021

the word "required" threw me off, can you explain it more