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Assumption question

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Post Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:15 pm
In recent years, many cabinetmakers have been winning acclaim as artists. But since furniture must be used, cabinetmakers must exercise their craft with an eye to the practical utility of the product. For this reason, cabinetmaking is not art.

Which of the following is an assumption that supports the conclusion?

An object is not an art object if its makers pay attention to the objects practical utility

Shouldn't it be
An object is not an art object if its makers don't pay attention to the objects practical utility

because line no 2 'But since furniture must be used, cabinetmakers must exercise their craft with an eye to the practical utility of the product' assumes that the present cabinetmakers don't pay attention to the practical utility of the product.

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Yes, AleksandrM is right. Very Happy

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I agree with AleksandrM.

This CR assumption problem is the kind in which the conclusion ("Cabinetmaking is not art.") is stated rather abruptly. Between the second and third sentences, there is a logical gap: just because furniture must be used and cabinetmakers have to keep utility in mind, can we immediately conclude that cabinetmaking is not art?

Not quite yet... we need another piece of information that bridges the gap -- a premise that tells us that objects created with utility in mind cannot be art objects. "An object is not an art object if its makers pay attention to the objects practical utility" serves this role nicely. Notice now how the conclusion flows cleanly from this premise.

In general, assumption questions that have an argument containing a logical gap (usually signaled by an abrupt conclusion) will require a premise that will fill in that gap.

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Yes, AleksandrM is right. Very Happy

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