I have a different question than those that have been posted. I think I'm not interpreting the language of the line asked in question correctly. Does anyone have any tips on how to better prephrase the information because I now see that my line of reasoning was off. Here was my line of reasoning:
The line says "these historians seemed to find allies with certain philosophers", this must mean that their point of view regarding scientific views must have SOMEWHAT in agreement. Line further down say "While theses philosophers of science themselves wouldn't be likely to TRUCK with recent historians...". I didn't really understand what they meant by "trucking with each other" so I assumed it meant they had non-disagreeing point of views (I didn't assume that they agreed because I thought that was a far reach to assume. I assume that they didn't agree or they were neutral in their points of view). I didn't pay attention to the last part of that sentence because I didn't understand it either.
How can we infer that the philosophers point of view & the recent historians point of view are similar from the phrase "it's an easy step away from their views to...". I thought that line served to demonstrate how the AUTHOR point of view disagreed with the historians point of view. I thought that line didn't relate to the historians and philosophers.
For this reason, I choice answer D because I thought they both had their own points of view on rhetorical power of scientists' since it's stated in line 4 "explain the acceptance
I also contemplated answer choice A, only because I didn't understand much of their point of views other than they were allies. I decided answer choice D was better than A.
I didn't like any of the remaining answers including the correct answer.
Can someone please indicate where my reasoning went wrong and how I can better interpret what the passage is saying in those lines???