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Like a number of other areas of...….philosophy, causation

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Like a number of other areas of (i)___________ philosophy, causation is a topic that could (ii)__________ the novice because of its abstract and technical nature.



Blank (i) Blank (ii)
archaic obfuscate
esoteric intimidate
avant-garde slake
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Re: Like a number of other areas of...….philosophy, causation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2020, 04:18
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A better way to approach this question is to start with the second blank because of the clue words "abstract and technical nature".

Both, obfuscate and intimidate are good contenders. However, the "abstract and technical nature" of a topic is more likely to make less understandable or confuse the novice than to frighten. So OBFUSCATE is the best fit.

The sentence is going in the same direction. We can infer from the second blank that other areas of philosophy are not easy to understand. Something that is avant-garde is modern and experimental but it is not necessary to be abstract and technical. Something that is esoteric means difficult to understand and appreciated by only a small group. Hence ESOTERIC is the answer.
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Re: Like a number of other areas of...….philosophy, causation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2020, 04:23
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Evidence #1: Like* indicates that there is a similarity between certain areas of philosophy and causation.

Evidence #2: If we continue reading, we understand that causation is abstract and technical.

From evidence 1 and 2, we can fill blank 2 with a word that means 'difficult to understand'

Esoteric works well for Blank 1

Fill blank 2 with confuse because of evidence #2. Obfuscate is the best choice
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