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If an act of civil disobedience—willfully breaking a specific law in order to bring about legal reform—is done out of self-interest alone and not out of a concern for others, I t cannot be justified. But one is justified in performing an act of civil disobedience if one’s conscience requires one to do so.
Which one of the following judgments most closely conforms to the principles stated above?
(A) Keisha’s protest against what she perceived to be a brutal and repressive dictatorship in another country was an act of justified civil disobedience, because in organizing an illegal but peaceful demonstration calling for a return to democratic leadership in that country, she acted purely out of concern for the people of that country.
(B) Janice’s protest against a law that forbade labor strikes was motivated solely by a desire to help local mine workers obtain fair wages. But her conscience did not require her to protest this law, so Janice didn’t perform an act of justified civil disobedience.
(C) In organizing an illegal protest against the practice in her country of having prison inmates work eighteen hours per day, Georgette performed an act of justified civil disobedience: though she acted out of concern for her fellow inmates rather than out of concern for herself.
(D) Maria’s deliberate violation of a law requiring prepublication government approval of all printed materials was an act of justified civil disobedience: though her interest as an owner of a publishing company would be served by repeal of the law, she violated the law because her conscience required doing so on behalf of all publishers.
(E) In organizing a parade of motorcyclists riding without helmets through the capital city, Louise’s act was not one of justified civil disobedience: she was willfully challenging a specific law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, but her conscience did not require her to organize the parade.

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I choose D.

(A) Because Keisha acted purely out of concern for the people of other country, this sentence contradicts the definition of civil disobedience.
(B) Desire to help local mine workers obtain fair wages contradicts the definition of civil disobedience
(C) Georgette acted out of concern for her fellow inmates rather than out of concern for herself - same ias A and B
(D) An example of civil disobedience
(E) Louise’s act was not one of justified civil disobedience.

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I choose D.

(A) Because Keisha acted purely out of concern for the people of other country, this sentence contradicts the definition of civil disobedience.
(B) Desire to help local mine workers obtain fair wages contradicts the definition of civil disobedience
(C) Georgette acted out of concern for her fellow inmates rather than out of concern for herself - same ias A and B
(D) An example of civil disobedience
(E) Louise’s act was not one of justified civil disobedience.



D also..

is this an LSAT problem?
i didnt know there were principle questions on the gmat

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C for me

It has the same structure as original statement

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Maria’s deliberate violation of a law requiring prepublication government approval of all printed materials was an act of justified civil disobedience: though her interest as an owner of a publishing company would be served by repeal of the law, she violated the law because her conscience required doing so on behalf of all publishers.

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C for me

It has the same structure as original statement




Lets think of this interms of conditional statements..

if [act out of self interest] --> [Not Justified]
if [conscience caused action] ---> [Justified]

those are the two conditions.

Answer choice C states: "though she acted out of concern for her fellow inmates rather than out of concern for herself. "

this logical structure is:
NOT [act out of self interest] --> [Justified]

This is a common flawed argument, and does NOT obey the definition of civil disobedience given in the stimulus

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OA is (D).

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i see another explanation on LSAT forum by a LSAT geek hope it helps:
if done out of self-interest alone ---> not justified
if required by one's conscience ---> justified
We're looking for an example that conforms to one or both of these statements, and we can expect the wrong answers to try to tempt us with negated or reversed logic (as opposed to reversed and negated logic, a.k.a., the contrapositive, which would be valid).
(D) is correct. Maria's conscience required her to violate the law, therefore her civil disobedience was justified. This directly conforms to the second statement. Further, although her own interest would be served by a repeal of the law in question, we're also told that she was acting "on behalf of all publishers," so we know that she wasn't acting out of self-interest alone.
(A) is negated logic. We know that pure self-interest means civil disobedience is unjustified, but that doesn't mean that acting purely out of concern for others makes it justified.
(B) is negated logic. We know that if one's conscience requires it, civil disobedience is justified, but we cannot infer that if one's conscience doesn't require it, the act is unjustified.
(C) is negated in exactly the same way as (A).
(E) is negated in exactly the same way as (B).
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