Philosopher: Graham argues that since a person is truly happy only when doing something, the best life is a life tha...

on June 6 at 10:30PM

Conclusion of Argument

Please could you clarify/explain why the answer for this question is B, rather than D? Many thanks!

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on June 9 at 09:19PM

Grateful if I could please follow up on this. Thanks!

Victoria on June 13 at 01:52PM

Hi @Anna2020,

Happy to help!

Graham concludes that a good life is one that is full of activity. Why? Because a person is truly happy only when they are doing something.

The philosopher concludes that we should not be persuaded by Graham's argument.

Why not? Because people sleep and are sometimes truly happy when they are asleep, despite the fact that they are not doing anything.

We are looking for the answer choice which best describes the role of the above statement. This is a premise of the philosopher's argument. In this premise, the philosopher provides an example which is intended to disprove Graham's premise that a person is only truly happy when they are doing something.

This is directly restated by answer choice (B), making it the correct answer.

Answer choice (D) is incorrect because the example is intended to disprove the premise of Graham's argument. Answer choice (D) would be correct if the philosopher's claim was intended to disprove that "the best life is a life that is full of activity."

Hope this is helpful! Please let us know if you have any further questions.