Ex 7.2 Answer

The following notes and explanations refer to the post ‘7.2 Resisting obscurantism‘.

Your answers to the questions should have all been ‘False’ and revealed one very significant point about the passage: it tells the reader precisely nothing.

Beware of this kind of writing; it is called ‘obscurantism’. Notice how the author tries to trick the reader into believing that he or she is an expert in their subject by using lots of important-sounding word choices and an academic writing style. However, when we actually consider what there is of substance in the passage, there turns out to be nothing at all. This kind of writing is useless, but it can sometimes sound like it is important.

Obscurantism is surprisingly common in journalism, psychology and popular science writing. Fortunately, due to the critical nature of philosophy, it is less commonly found in published philosophical works. However, obscurantism in philosophy can be found all over the Internet. Since modern students are increasingly apt to rely on internet search facilities, they must use their critical faculties in assessing the reliability of any content found there.

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