Which one of the following, if true, would most help to make the suggestion in passage A that a harmless pathological...

Ryan on October 21 at 03:44PM

Why is B correct? Why is D incorrect?

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Irina on November 4 at 08:13PM

@Ryan-Mahabir,

(B) is correct because Kant justifies responding in kind is akin to treating the person as a rational being, i.e. his action is a product of a rational decision. If pathological lying is not rational as (B) states, then according to Kant, the act is not rational and thus reciprocity is unjustified as lines 23-24 of Passage A argue. (D) is incorrect because even though it accurately represents the distinction between right and duty, it is only mentioned in the second paragraph not the first, and it does not help to explain why one's pathological lying is insufficient to tell that person lies whether on the basis of one's right or duty to do so.