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Glen: An emphasis on law’s purely procedural

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Glen: An emphasis on law’s purely procedural side produces a concern with personal rights that leads to the individual’s indifference to society’s welfare. Law’s primary role should be to create virtuous citizens.
Sara: But such a role would encourage government to decide which modes of life are truly virtuous; that would be more dangerous than government’s being overprotective of individuals’ rights.
The dialogue provides the most support for the claim that Glen and Sara disagree about whether

(A) citizens can be assumed to be capable of making good choices without governmental interference
(B) virtuousness on the part of citizens is more important than the protection of citizens’ rights
(C) there is an inherent danger in allowing government to decide what constitutes virtuous behavior among citizens
(D) an emphasis on law’s purely procedural side results in government’s being overprotective of citizens’ rights
(E) the cultivation of virtue among citizens should be the primary role of law
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27 May 2017, 03:28
Please explain how E is right?
I thought there is difference between "the cultivation of virtue" and "virtuous citizens." so went for B option
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27 May 2017, 04:53
Though I chose A at first place, my two cents as follows:
The question asks about the point of disagreement. Now if you see option C & D, both options put forward only the individual take of Glenn and Sara. Though the true contention is about the role of law in citizens life.
Glenn says that law should not be overprotective and be designed in a way to make people virtuous.
Sara counters the argument of Glenn by saying that law deciding for the people what is virtuous is worse than the law being overprotective.
So the point of disagreement is about the role of law, not the virtuousness of people. So option A & B can be ruled out as both are based on the virtuousness of citizens.
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Simplify the argument

Glenn

Emphasis on law's procedural side --> concern with personal rights --> indifference to society's welfare --> Law’s primary role should be to create virtuous citizens

Glenn concludes that rather than an emphasis on law's procedural side the emphasis should be on creating virtuous citizens

Sara
By using the word "but", Sara is disagreeing with Glenn's conclusion. Here is her argument --

primary role = creating virtuous citizens --> govt gets to decide which modes of life are truly virtuous --> More dangerous than govt's being overprotective of individual rights --> such a role is not a good idea

Hence, the point of disagreement between Sara and Glen is whether law's primary role should be to create virtuous citizens. Which answer option states this?
Option E

let us take a look at other answer options --

Option A - Incorrect
We cannot make any inferences about "making good choices without government influence".

Option B - Incorrect
The argument is not about the relative importance of "virtuousness of citizens" over "protection of civil rights".

Option C - Incorrect
All we can infer is that Sara agrees with this. We do not know whether Glen agrees or disagrees with this. Probably he believes that there is some danger but not so much that it compromises his position.

Option D - Incorrect
We cannot infer that one leads to the other. Incorrect.
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23 Jul 2017, 01:02
aurobindomahanty wrote:
Glen: An emphasis on law’s purely procedural side produces a concern with personal rights that leads to the individual’s indifference to society’s welfare. Law’s primary role should be to create virtuous citizens.
Sara: But such a role would encourage government to decide which modes of life are truly virtuous; that would be more dangerous than government’s being overprotective of individuals’ rights.
The dialogue provides the most support for the claim that Glen and Sara disagree about whether

(A) citizens can be assumed to be capable of making good choices without governmental interference
(B) virtuousness on the part of citizens is more important than the protection of citizens’ rights
(C) there is an inherent danger in allowing government to decide what constitutes virtuous behavior among citizens
(D) an emphasis on law’s purely procedural side results in government’s being overprotective of citizens’ rights
(E) the cultivation of virtue among citizens should be the primary role of law

What is the source???!!!
Took me forever to choose E, and I still have gaps in understanding this one. Experts, please help breaking down this stimulus word by word, and then finding the point of conflict.

IanStewart, mikemcgarry Please take a jab at this one.
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