My synoptic paper is ambiguous!! :(

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Adhsur
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I know this is supposed to go in the "Academic" subforum but it isn't an academic question - more a question of ambiguity in language.

My Philosophy Synoptic (very important) has the title:

Discuss and explain the significance of Descartes' work on Epistemology.

Does that mean:

a) Is Descartes' work on Epistemology significant?
b) Is Descartes' work significant for Epistemology?

If I can't even understand the title, I'll be pretty confused in the exam when I get into the technicalities.
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I would say (a), but you're right, it's not very clear.
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i would say (a) for the reason you gave yourself, the word used is "on" and not "for". you wouldnt normally say significance ... on Epistomology
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I reckon b :/
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Maybe, because it is Philosophy, you are meant to debate the question, rather than answer it.

Then again, maybe not.

I would think that the examiners almost certainly meant (a).
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(Original post by Adhsur)
If I can't even understand the title, I'll be pretty confused in the exam when I get into the technicalities.
Um, I wouldn't wait until the "exam" before considering the technicalities. To all intents and purposes the essay should be completed long before you get near the exam room.

As for the question, I doubt it'll matter whichever way you take it.
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Um, I wouldn't wait until the "exam" before considering the technicalities. To all intents and purposes the essay should be completed long before you get near the exam room.

As for the question, I doubt it'll matter whichever way you take it.
Eh? you mean the plan.
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Eh? you mean the plan.
Well yes. But you should write the essay as normal first, then condense it down to 1000 words (ie the plan).
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