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    Question a Question of anl exam

    The following is a question of an exam.
    What is the answer;(1) or (2) and why?
    I'll appreciate yours.


    There are two categories of values: intrinsic and instrumental.
    Intrinsic values are those we uphold regardless of the benefits or costs. Patriotism, as a value, demands sacrifices and is sometimes advantageous as far as individual well-being is concerned. Nevertheless, hundreds of millions of people have died to defend their country throughout the course of history, because patriotism is an intrinsic value. In contrast, a value is instrumental when we support it because it is directly beneficial to us. Let us assume that a country is dedicated to economic growth and to this end emphasizes work, productivity, and investment. If decisions favorable to development only answer to an instrumental value of an economic nature, such as increased wealth, the country’s effort will decline as soon as the degree of wealth is attained. That is why the intrinsic values are indispensable for sustained development.

    Q) What is the title?
    (1) Mechanisms of intrinsic and instrumental values
    (2) Superiority of intrinsic over instrumental values

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    Default Re: a Question of anl exam

    What's your answer and reasoning?

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    Default Re: a Question of anl exam

    Your title scared me for a moment.

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    Smile Re: exam question

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What's your answer and reasoning?
    I'm not sure which one is the answer.
    but both are possible, I think.

    The last sentence tells me an intrinsic value is superior.

    But, the whole paragraph decribes the functions of two values.
    Moreover, we can't tell which value is better.

    Exam forces me to select one. ^^;

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    Default Re: exam question

    Quote Originally Posted by apfldi1975 View Post
    I'm not sure which one is the answer.
    but both are possible, I think.

    The last sentence tells me an intrinsic value is superior.Maybe so, but...

    But, the whole paragraph decribes the functions of two values.
    Moreover, we can't tell which value is better.

    Exam forces me to select one. ^^;
    The exam asks for a title, not for 'one sentence that might be true, depending on your definition of "superior"' Don't be distracted by what might be true; just answer the question. And you have.

    b

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