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# According to one psychological theory, in order to be happy,

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According to one psychological theory, in order to be happy, [#permalink]  13 Feb 2019, 13:13
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According to one psychological theory, in order to be happy, one must have an 'intimate relationship with another person. Yet the world's greatest composers spent most of their time in solitude and had no intimate relationships. So the psychological theory must be wrong.

The conclusion above assumes that

(A) the world's greatest composers chose to avoid intimate relationships
(B) people who have intimate relationships spend little time in solitude
(C) solitude is necessary for the composition of great music
(D) less well known composers had intimate relationships
(E) the world's greatest composers were happy
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Re: According to one psychological theory, in order to be happy, [#permalink]  23 Feb 2019, 20:19
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(A) What matters to the argument is that composers were loners, not necessarily why they were loners. That has no bearing on the argument, which is that intimate relationships produce happiness, period.

(B) It is mentioned that composers spent time in solitude and had no intimate relationships. These are mentioned as two separate qualities.

(C) Solitude may or may not be necessary for composition, but either way the argument does not change.

(D) This again may or may not be true, and the argument would not change. We care about the well known composers.

(E) And here's the obvious assumption. If the greatest composers were not happy, then the theory would be confirmed. So the conclusion, that the theory is wrong, can only be valid if the composers were happy.
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