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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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24 Jul 2005, 15:03
Strange question:
I would choose between C and E. More E.
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29 Jul 2005, 07:18
pretty tough one for me. picked (C).
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29 Jul 2005, 12:30
I would have to go with E, because the criminal is also a part of the enivronment and helps to create it, but in later part the author says law abiding citizens alone are responsible, I sense this as the contradiction.
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29 Jul 2005, 15:01
How do you refute B??
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29 Jul 2005, 17:46
riteshgupta1 wrote:
How do you refute B??

I always felt B is out of scope..the statement accepts crime as given and it is beyond the scope to dissect what is crime and what is not...
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30 Jul 2005, 19:10
Sorry for the delay guys. OA ie E.

My explanation is as follows:

The argument states that criminals are not to blame for their actions because criminal actions and ALL other actions are products of the environment.

But to make the conclusion that "law abiding people are to blame" because their actions create the environment.

It creates a contradiction wherein it says that all actions are a result of the environment but then says some people's actions result in the environment.
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