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Purpose of Law – Critical Studies

Critical reasoning is one of the important parts of CLAT syllabus. Although CLAT does not have a fixed syllabus, reviewing previous year’s paper you will understand the importance given to the critical reasoning questions. Thus it becomes important to know what is critical theory?

What is Critical Theory?

what is critical theory

Purpose of Law – Critical studies

The purpose of this theory or reasoning is to test the ability of a person to critically analyze the qualitative data that is being presented. The data may be either in the form of a short passage or a set of statements. Both of these forms the data that is essentially a form of arguments that are integral to the study of logic.

At the onset, it should be clear that critical reasoning does not ask you to criticize the work done by the others. These works might be visible to you in the form of newspapers or the television shows.

Thus, it is important that you realize that critical reasoning is not only about reading the comprehension passage. Additionally, it also not about understanding the structure and context.

Critical reasoning goes into a step further and thus asks you to extrapolate the date that you have gathered from the arguments. Also, these arguments are presented before you and thus you may use them in different ways. Also, you might be asked to cut out the rules from the arguments. Thus, applying the same logic in many different situations.

More details about the critical reasoning

There is a popular choice among the paper setters where you can easily modify a given argument. So, there are two main things that are tested in these types of questions. First is the capability of yours in understanding the nuances and implications of an argument.

Second is the consistency in your train of thought and logic. So, in order to do well while attempting these questions you need to keep in mind the following rules:

  • You need to be more neutral and focused while solving these questions.
  • Also, there is no space where you can have your own assumptions.
  • Furthermore, your aim should always be to understand the happenings inside the mind of an author.
  • You should focus only on the date that is provided in the argument. Also, avoid using any notion that you may hold personally.
  • Also, you should analyze each segment of the argument very carefully. Do not make the decisions only by reviewing one side of the argument.
  • You should always be clear as to why you are choosing a particular answer. Thus, there should be any guesswork involved while answering.
  • Do not distort the argument so that you can fit your argument.

If you have a good amount of practice than it makes you adept answering all the questions very easily. Also, you need to know what type of questions you might have to face in the future.

Practice Questions on Critical Studies

Q. Ahmedabad city has a very low population and this is a safe place to live.

Conclusions:

A. The number of crimes in Ahmedabad is lower than in Mumbai.

B. A city is a better place to live if it has less population.

  1. If only conclusion I follows
  2. Only conclusion II follows
  3. If both the conclusions follow
  4. If neither conclusions follow 

Answer: 4. If neither conclusions follow

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