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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.

I marked D. Please explain ur ans.
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31 Jul 2010, 05:07
This reasoning is specious, I wonder if I ever use it when I was a kid.
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P1 : People cannot be morally responsible for things over which they have no control.
P2 : It is difficult to determine whether adults have any control over the way they are treated
P3 : It is also difficult to know whether adults bear any moral responsibility for the treatment they get

So the author just threw the word "responsible" out of the window LOL

Result is the most absurd statement. The conclusion - People cannot be morally responsible for inevitable consequences of their actions.

Anyone making the above claim is not going to say anything about kids/infants, responsibility, morals etc. He is going to go even further and make a statement E. E is correct.
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30 Dec 2014, 15:26
I picked D too. E does not make sense.
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14 Jun 2016, 05:54
Picked E. The key words are every action

Reasoning: People cannot be held morally accountable for actions that are not under their control. Everyone sometimes act out of the treatment they received as a child. So everyone should not always be held morally accountable for their actions.
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