Glen: An emphasis on law's purely procedural side produces a concern with personal rights that leads to the individu...

Manvir on July 18 at 04:44AM

What is wrong with answer choice C?

Could you please explain why C is wrong and E is right?

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Irina on July 18 at 04:11PM

@manvir,

Let's look at the argument.

G: An emphasis on law's purely procedural side produces a concern with personal rights that leads to the individual's indifference to society's welfare. Law's primary role should be to create virtuous citizens.

S: But such a role would encourage government to decide which modes of life are truly virtuous; this would be more dangerous than government's being overprotective of individuals' right.

Their disagreement on its face is about the proper role of law.

Answer choice (C) "there is an inherent danger in allowing government to decide what constitutes virtuous behavior among citizens" is wrong because their disagreement is about the role of law rather then the role of the government. Note that S responds by saying "but such a role [of law] would encourage government..". We cannot conclude anything about their position regarding government's overall role in setting for virtuous behavior, just that it is dangerous to do it through law.

Answer choice (E) "the cultivation of virtue among citizens should be the primary role of law" is correct because it goes to the heart of their disagreement as S's response is directed precisely at G' conclusion that "law's primary role should be to create virtuous citizens."

Let me know if this helps.