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# People cannot be morally responsible for things over which

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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 person’s control that person should be held morally.
(E) No adult should be held morally responsible for every action he or she performs.
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02 Oct 2008, 15:06
IMO A. though D is close as well.
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02 Oct 2008, 15:16
i think it to be D ..

is close but incorrect (as per me )

bcoz : in A it says infants cannot be held responsible for any action (the stimulus just says that infants cannot control the treatment they recieve but they might control other actions for which they can be held responsible)
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02 Oct 2008, 15:20
Exactly that is what that makes it a future claim of the author.

infants clearly cannot control => so are not morally responsible for, the treatment they receive => infants shud not be held responsible for the actions performed by them
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02 Oct 2008, 15:40
Logically E seems to correct
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02 Oct 2008, 16:41
A is my choice

bigtreezl wrote:
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 person’s control that person should be held morally.
(E) No adult should be held morally responsible for every action he or she performs.
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03 Oct 2008, 01:07
Could be D?
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03 Oct 2008, 01:17
A and D very close. I choose D. Whats the OA ?
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03 Oct 2008, 04:24
The premise is 'People cannot be morally responsible for things over which they have no control', so D is closer.
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03 Oct 2008, 05:17
I think the answer is E.

Everyone does atleast some action related to childhood treatment.
A treatment received as a child, is not morally accounted for.
Everyone (includes adults) does atleast some action for which he/she is not morally accountable

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

Whats OA ?
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03 Oct 2008, 05:20
I think is A. The actions of the infants are important.
Director
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03 Oct 2008, 05:33
between C and D ... going with C
Director
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03 Oct 2008, 08:55
the E's have it. OA is E
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03 Oct 2008, 14:08
Why is E better than A?

E seems more extreme to me.
Director
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03 Oct 2008, 15:02
Why is E better than A?

E seems more extreme to me.

I had a hard time with this one. gmattitude's answer makes sense
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03 Oct 2008, 22:33
For Me B), C) & E) are straight forward rejected.
Now confusion is in between A) & D).

But i will go with A), for me it is more suited.
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03 Oct 2008, 22:46
gmattitude wrote:
I think the answer is E.

Everyone does atleast some action related to childhood treatment.
A treatment received as a child, is not morally accounted for.
Everyone (includes adults) does atleast some action for which he/she is not morally accountable

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

Whats OA ?

But in the Reasoning question, author mentioned " sometimes everyone act in a way " and E option talking about every action of adults.
So it seems E is not the right chioce .
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04 Oct 2008, 16:58
" Everyone, however, sometimes acts in ways "

This implies that at some point everyone does acts in that way.
So, EVERY action cannot be held accountable, since we have "Some" actions that are exceptions.

Hope this helps!
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05 Oct 2008, 00:58
bigtreezl wrote:
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. -> this is OOS

(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. -> this is the otherside of discussion ,here we say there must be some deeds which they have control upon!!!!
this is not discussed

(D) If a given action is within a certain person’s control that person should be held morally. held miorally and held miorally responsible for the deed are too diff things . hence not clear

(E) No adult should be held morally responsible for every action he or she performs. -> IMO E logically when the above argument is true this should be true ,it says everyone sometimes perform due to infant consequence

PR1 eople cannot be morally responsible for things over which they have no control.
CONCL1: Therefore, they should not be held morally responsible for any inevitable consequences of such things, either.

PR2:Determining whether adults have any control over the treatment they are receiving can be difficult.
CONCL2: Hence in some cases it can be difficult to know whether adults bear any moral responsibility for the way they are treated.

PR3:Everyone, however, sometimes acts in ways that are an inevitable consequence of treatment received as an infant and infants clearly cannot control, and

CONCL3:so are not morally responsible for, the treatment they receive.

Everyone hence al the time cannot be held responsible mmorally for all the deeds

IMO E
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06 Oct 2008, 05:36
Sorry, I don't think I saw an answer before - but why is A wrong?

or is it because E is just a better choice...
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