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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 agent'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 the crime.

The reasoning in the argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that:

a) it exploits the term 'environment' by treating two different meanings of the word as though they were equivalent

b) it fails to distinguish between actions that are socially acceptable and actions that are socially unacceptable

c) the way it distinguishes criminals from crimes implicitly denies that someone becomes a criminal solely in virtue of having committed a crime

d) its conclusion is a generalization of statistical evidence drawn from only a small minority of the population

e) its conclusion contradicts an implicit principle on which an earlier part of the argument is based.

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15 Sep 2004, 19:51
E for me.
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e) its conclusion contradicts an implicit principle on which an earlier part of the argument is based.

premise is "environment created by law abiding citizens", thus it can be assumed that the resultant environment will discourage crime and not support it.

C, indirectly supports the argument.

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