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# To hold criminals responsible for their crimes involves a

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To hold criminals responsible for their crimes involves a failure to recognize that criminal actions, like all actions, are ultimately products of the environment that forged the agentâ€™s character. It is not criminals but people in the law-abiding majority who by their actions do most to create and maintain this environment. Therefore, it is law-abiding people whose actions, and nothing else, make them alone truly responsible for crime.

The reasoning in the argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that
(A) it exploits an ambiguity in the term â€œenvironmentâ€

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12 Jul 2005, 03:56
Hello Cybera,

You have posted the OA along with the question. I actually chose C, before I saw your answer. I am not sure why E should be the OA. Can anyone help me out with the reasoning, or provide the OE?

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14 Jul 2005, 12:57
Hello Cybera,

You have posted the OA along with the question. I actually chose C, before I saw your answer. I am not sure why E should be the OA. Can anyone help me out with the reasoning, or provide the OE?

I chose C as well. I don't understand why the answer should be E.....hmm...can someone explain?

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14 Jul 2005, 14:01
I think it should b E....

1) the argument first says that the criminal is responsible for committing the crime, but that the criminal is forced to this crime due to the enviornment...

2) then the argument swtiches context and says that the people are responsible for the enviornment which is responsible for the crime....

see the swtich? first it said the criminial committed the crime, but sort of implies that its due to the enviorment, however the argument later switches saying the enviorment/people committed the crime...contradiction!

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14 Jul 2005, 14:25
fresinha12 wrote:
I think it should b E....

1) the argument first says that the criminal is responsible for committing the crime, but that the criminal is forced to this crime due to the enviornment...

2) then the argument swtiches context and says that the people are responsible for the enviornment which is responsible for the crime....

see the swtich? first it said the criminial committed the crime, but sort of implies that its due to the enviorment, however the argument later switches saying the enviorment/people committed the crime...contradiction!

Good stuff! Thanks!

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15 Jul 2005, 07:58
Thank you Fresinha1, I can now understand why E should be the answer.

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15 Jul 2005, 08:36
Good explanation...

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