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14 Jul 2005, 15:28
People should be held accountable for their own behavior, and if holding people accountable for their own behavior entails capital punishment, then so be it. However, no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control.

Which of the following is the most logical conclusion of the argument above?

A) People should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people.
B) People have control over their own behavior.
c) People cannot control the behavior of other people.
D) Behavior that cannot be controlled should not be punished.
E) People have control over behavior that is subject to capital punishment
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14 Jul 2005, 17:18
Between A and C

C looks good.
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14 Jul 2005, 17:53
"no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control. "

Negate the above sentence(in the stem) you get

If there is control one should be held responsible

I think E is close
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15 Jul 2005, 04:37
A) People should not be held accountable for the behavior of other people.

=> out of scope

B) People have control over their own behavior.

=> possible. fact: every person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had control. the arg demands that people should be held accountable for their own behavior. for this to be true ppl have to have control over their behaviour.

C) People cannot control the behavior of other people.

=> out of scope

D) Behavior that cannot be controlled should not be punished.

=> the logic in the arg is if x then y. that is unequal to if not x then not y. D) is not inferable.

E) People have control over behavior that is subject to capital punishment
=> maybe/maybe not

this one is not very clear but i think its B)...
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15 Jul 2005, 05:17
e for me too
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15 Jul 2005, 07:33
B...is the OA

Look at the premises and concluson..

"Every person should be help accountable for his/her own behavior"...1
"Should not be accountable for behavior he has not control on" ...2

Now If "B" is not true than the 1 doesn't hold, keeping 2 correct.
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15 Jul 2005, 08:03
Some how cannot accept B.

B/w D and E, chose E as D is already implied in the last sentence of the stem.

So I would pick E.

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15 Jul 2005, 08:44
HowManyToGo wrote:
Some how cannot accept B.

B/w D and E, chose E as D is already implied in the last sentence of the stem.

So I would pick E.

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it cannot be E) b/c it says that they have control over it in general. thats not stated. they have control over their OWN behaviour. E) entails that they have control over the behaviour of others as well.
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19 Jul 2005, 06:45
Christoph, I have reservations about B. The last statement of the argument clearly states that - no person should be punished for behavior over which he has no control. Doesn't that imply that some people may not have control over their behavior?
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19 Jul 2005, 07:13
Christoph, I have reservations about B. The last statement of the argument clearly states that - no person should be punished for behavior over which he has no control. Doesn't that imply that some people may not have control over their behavior?

the author states that ppl should be held accountable for their OWN behaviour. that is the opinion of the author. in the last sentence, he says that they should not be held accountable for behaviour over which they have no control. generally this statement would mean that they have no control over their own behaviour as well as over that of other ppl. but the author already restricted this statement so that it only implies control over the behaviour of other ppl. otherwise it would contradict with the first statement of the author. now we can conlude that ppl have control over their own behaviour.
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