What is the evidence to support this refutation of the myth of peaceful progress?
Can you explain what this question is asking me?
It isn't an easy sentence to comprehend, so don't feel bad about having trouble with it. It's easier to understand if you work from the back of the sentence. First, we have 'peaceful progress'. This would be a good thing. Next comes 'the myth of peaceful progress'. This means that peaceful progress really isn't happening, a bad thing. Before that comes 'refutation'. This is disproving that peaceful progress is not happening, and that peaceful progress really is happening, a good thing. Next, it asks for evidence to back this up.
I don't think that made it any easier, really. At this point, I don't even know if I even understand what it means. I would delete all of this, but I wanted you to know that I tried.
|link comment||answered Jan 31 '13 at 21:14 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
I agree with Lewis that the sentence is difficult to understand, and he has made a valiant attempt to unpack it. However, I would interpret it as asking for evidence to refute the idea of peaceful progress, which is termed a myth within the question. I don't quite follow Lewis's loop here, whereby he arrives at the opposite interpretation.
If I am right, the question could much more simply be reworded this way: What is the evidence to refute the idea of peaceful progress?
|link comment||answered Feb 01 '13 at 01:26 Shawn Mooney Expert|
I agree that the sentence is hard to understand. My guess is that refutation is not the right word. A refutation is the act of refuting something. To refute means to prove something is wrong. If the refutation (by definition) proved something, it must have been supported. Without evidence or support, there is no proof. Without proof, it is an argument, not a refutation.
Going with that logic, the sentence should have asked:
What is the evidence to support this attempted refutation?
What is the evidence to support this argument?
|link||edited Feb 01 '13 at 08:44 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
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