The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race. It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and from those who dissent from the opinion even more than from those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
Which one of the following best expresses the conclusion presented in the argument?
(A) Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race.
(B) Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree.
(C) Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression.
(D) Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit.
(E) The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error.
If we analyze the argument in a simpler form, here is how I see it:
1. Silencing an opinion hurts
2. Right opinion - you gain
3. Wrong opinion - still beneficial as you get more clear perception
Which leads to the conclusion that either way getting an opinion is a good thing. Answer A only talks about robbing and doesn't address the authors conclusion that you gain as well. Whereas ans D addresses both sides of the equation. So IMO Ans D.
Would like to know the OA.
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