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# Either you severely punish a child who is bad or the child will grow

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Either you severely punish a child who is bad or the child will grow up to be a criminal. Your child has just been bad. Therefore, you should punish the child severely.

All EXCEPT which of the following would be an appropriate objection to the argument?

(A) What do you consider to be a severe punishment?

(B) What do you mean by the term “bad”?

(C) Isn’t your “either-or” premise an oversimplification?

(E) In what way has this child been bad?

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08 Dec 2019, 18:53
need an explanation for this question..
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09 Dec 2019, 12:13
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need an explanation for this question..

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The argument commits several errors. One obvious point is that the first premise is very much an oversimplification. Complicated questions about punishment and child rearing are hardly ever easily reduced to “either-or” propositions. Thus, (C) is a good objection. Beyond that, the terms “severely punish” and “bad” are highly ambiguous.

It would be legitimate to ask the speaker just what he considered to be bad behavior, (B), and severe punishment, (A). Also, since the speaker has alleged the child has been “bad,” and since the term is ambiguous, we can also demand clarification on that score (E). The one objection it makes no sense to raise is (D).

The premises have the very simple logical structure: If a child is bad and not punished, then the child becomes a criminal. Child X is bad. There is absolutely no inconsistency between those two statements.

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