It is most likely that the authors of the passages would disagree with each other about the truth of which one of the...

on November 12, 2019

Why is B correct?

Hello! Could you explain more about the stances between the passages, and in particular the language in passage B that indicates its stance? Thanks!

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on November 12, 2019

Hello @Lucie,

It seems you understand that Author A would agree with answer choice B. To explain it briefly, take a look at line 24: "Blameworthiness should thus be removed from the legal argot." The author concludes this based on the very limited capacity of free will. People have at most a small amount of control over their actions, so they should not be blamed.

Let's identify the author's stance in passage B. Author B seems to accept that free will is very limited, or at least he/she does not dispute this. However, the author believes that blame has a role in society, regardless of free will. See line 51: "My sense is that blaming performs some useful social function, even if it is in some way 'false'." This tells me that Author B would disagree with answer choice B, making it a point of contention between the two authors.