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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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    (Original post by llama boy)
    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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    (Original post by Adhsur)
    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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