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# People cannot be morally responsible for things over which

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27 Mar 2007, 10:44
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People cannot be morally responsible for things over which they have no control. Therefore, they should not be held morally responsible for any inevitable consequences of such things, either. Determining whether adults have any control over the treatment they are receiving can be difficult. Hence in some cases it can be difficult to know whether adults bear any moral responsibility for the way they are treated. Everyone, however, sometimes acts in ways that are an inevitable consequence of treatment received as an infant and infants clearly cannot control, and so are not morally responsible for, the treatment they receive.

Anyone making the claims above would be logically committed to which one of the following further claims?
(A) An infant should never be held morally responsible for an action that infant has performed.
(B) There are certain commonly performed actions for which no one performing those actions should ever be held morally responsible.
(C) Adults who claim that they have no control over the treatment they are receiving should often be held at least partially responsible for being so treated.
(D) If a given action is within a certain personâ€™s control that person should be held morally.
(E) No adult should be held morally responsible for every action he or she performs.

Please give reasons for ur choices...
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28 Mar 2007, 02:38
D??
God, this is an RC and a CR combined into one.
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29 Mar 2007, 08:14
E

some adults act in ways that are an inevitable consequence of treatment received as an infant and so are not morally responsible

No adult should be held morally responsible for [b]every [/b]action he or she performs
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29 Mar 2007, 08:23
AimHigher wrote:
E

some adults act in ways that are an inevitable consequence of treatment received as an infant and so are not morally responsible

No adult should be held morally responsible for every action he or she performs

Are you sure it's E?

I don't follow your reasoning. E for one is way too restrictive.

I'd prefer D.
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29 Mar 2007, 09:03
D.

not morally responsible= no control

therefore

morally responsible=control
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29 Mar 2007, 09:04
D.
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29 Mar 2007, 10:05
I understand why D looks good, but E is also good with the very interesting logic of the above.

If EVERYONE acts in a certain way due to treatment recieved as an infant...and we cannot be responsible for these actions, since we could not be morally responsible for the actions upon us as infants.

then logically there are some actions taken by all adults which they cannot be held responsible for!
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29 Mar 2007, 10:07
D actually makes no sense...what does "held morally" mean?
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29 Mar 2007, 15:30
1. People --
no control--> no responsible-->no responsible for the consequences;

2. Everyone sometimes--
no control and in a consequences -->no responsible for the consequences.

are to demonstrate:
(E) No adult should be held morally responsible for every action he or she performs.
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29 Mar 2007, 21:26
Thanks guys the OA is E
29 Mar 2007, 21:26
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