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13 Jun 2011, 02:36
using variance test on A and B.

A with a yes strongly supports the conclusion.With a No, crashes the 2nd part of the paradox.

B is neutral.

A it is.
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13 Jun 2011, 05:47
A is the only option which says, even though a good action is performed out of habit, at some point of time the habit is earned fighting against the temptation
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13 Jun 2011, 07:49
A certain moral system holds that performing good actions is praiseworthy only when one overcomes a powerful temptation in order to perform them. Yet this same moral system also holds that performing good actions out of habit is sometimes praiseworthy.

Which one of the following, if true, does the most to reconcile the apparent conflict in the moral system described above?
Need to find a link between "overcoming powerful temptation" and "performing good actions out of habit"

(A) People who perform good actions out of habit have often acquired this habit after years of having resisted temptation. BINGO!!!!
(B) Most people face strong moral temptation from time to time but few people have to endure it regularly. NO Link
(C) People virtually always perform actions they think are good, regardless of what other people may think. NO
(D) Since it is difficult to tell what is going on in another person’s mind, it is often hard to know exactly how strongly a person is tempted. I think it's a trap ans, the person might have powerful temptation but I don't know
(E) It is far more common for people to perform good actions out of habit than for them to do so against strong temptation. "Far more Common" is not always
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13 Jun 2011, 09:00
tough one...thanks for the explanation
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14 Jun 2011, 18:22
I am with A....
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15 Jun 2011, 08:56
Tough one. I chose E.
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16 Jun 2011, 07:21
Very tough one..looking I went for E then looking at explanations..understood correct one is A.

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18 Jul 2011, 19:59
A for me it is the only one that doesn't introduce irrelevant or conflicting arguments.
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28 Sep 2011, 06:51
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7. A certain moral system holds that performing good actions is praiseworthy only when one overcomes a powerful temptation in order to perform them. Yet this same moral system also holds that performing good actions out of habit is sometimes praiseworthy.
Which one of the following, if true, does the most to reconcile the apparent conflict in the moral system described above?

we basically have to find some common ground in the above two conflicting views

(A) People who perform good actions out of habit have often acquired this habit after years of having resisted temptation.
so do these people still overcome temptation which performing good actions out of habit? This isn't clear.
(B) Most people face strong moral temptation from time to time but few people have to endure it regularly. this looks good. It says that few people endure temptation regularly. So lets say if these people also perform good actions out of habit (regularly) then there will be some common ground and hence SOMETIMES PRAISEWORTHY is true
(C) People virtually always perform actions they think are good, regardless of what other people may think. irrelevant. there is no measure of temptation in this option.
(D) Since it is difficult to tell what is going on in another person’s mind, it is often hard to know exactly how strongly a person is tempted. irrelevant. there is no habit being shown in this question and neither is any reference to how often a person is tempted
(E) It is far more common for people to perform good actions out of habit than for them to do so against strong temptation.this does nothing to bridge the gap in our two conflicting views. If anything, it strengthens the conflict

My choice is A, because "performing good actions out of habit is sometimes praiseworthy because people performing out of habit have often acquired this habit after years of having resisted temptation."
In other words, if all such habits are acquired after years of having resisted temptation, the habitual good actions should not be praiseworthy "sometimes," but "always."

In case of B, "regular endurance" doesn't necessary mean "they have endured so often that such endurance became habit."

This is what I think. How'bout this?
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14 Jun 2012, 06:12
A for me.

"People who perform good actions out of habit have often acquired this habit after years of having resisted temptation."--Thus every time an habitual do-gooder is praised, the praise is both retroactively worthy since the do-gooder has overcome temptations in the past.

And this reconciles the seeming contradiction.

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14 Jun 2012, 06:48
IMO A .. its the only option that talks about both the arguments and establishes any relation between the two.

B doesnt talk about performing a good action out of habit.
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14 Jun 2012, 09:02
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A certain moral system holds that performing good actions is praiseworthy only when one overcomes a powerful temptation in order to perform them. Yet this same moral system also holds that performing good actions out of habit is sometimes praiseworthy.

Which one of the following, if true, does the most to reconcile the apparent conflict in the moral system described above?

(A) People who perform good actions out of habit have often acquired this habit after years of having resisted temptation.
(B) Most people face strong moral temptation from time to time but few people have to endure it regularly.
(C) People virtually always perform actions they think are good, regardless of what other people may think.
(D) Since it is difficult to tell what is going on in another person’s mind, it is often hard to know exactly how strongly a person is tempted.
(E) It is far more common for people to perform good actions out of habit than for them to do so against strong temptation.

IMO A is correct here..A correctly satisfies the two arguments present in the stimulus.
E is incorrect IMO as it is nowhere compared what is required more to perform good actions. Stimulus just talks about two factors but doesn't compare them.
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14 Jun 2012, 11:58
E for me.
my reasoning-
A links nothing to praiseworthy as written in the stimulus.
E makes more sense.
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14 Jun 2012, 19:59
2 points are stated in stimulus:
a)performing good actions is praiseworthy only when one overcomes a powerful temptation
b)performing good actions out of habit is sometimes praiseworthy.

We are asked to find out the conflict...of all the options, option (A) reconciles the conflict best because performing good actions by overcoming powerful temptation should be more praiseworthy than performing good actions out of habit.
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15 Jun 2012, 02:52
A is the answer .A good question.Here goes the explanation:-
The argument states that the people who do good things only by resisting temptation are praiseworthy.But the same argument also states that people who do good things out of habit are still praiseworthy.This is only possible if people who do good things out of habit have already resisted temptation.This is stated in option A!!
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22 Jun 2013, 06:32
(B) Most people face strong moral temptation from time to time but few people have to endure it regularly.
Has no bearing on the paradox.

(C) People virtually always perform actions they think are good, regardless of what other people may think.
Again, no relation.

(D) Since it is difficult to tell what is going on in another person’s mind, it is often hard to know exactly how strongly a person is tempted.
New information that deviates from the subject.

(E) It is far more common for people to perform good actions out of habit than for them to do so against strong temptation.
What difference does this make to the paradox? Nothing.

(A) People who perform good actions out of habit have often acquired this habit after years of having resisted temptation.
This is bang on. It tells precisely why morals in that society praise those who habitually perform good deeds.
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IMO A, If you see the the question stem ask "most to reconcile the apparent conflict in the moral system". What is this conflict ? the conflict is that good deed is praiseworthy when one overcomes temptation and also when it is done out of habit. So we need to bridge the gap between "overcoming temptation" and "Habit". Option A does that.
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