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(Poll) Morally good action question

(Poll) Morally good action question
« on: December 03, 2006, 10:20:39 AM »
I'm pretty sure the stimulus said "if intended to benefits others and if succeeds, then it is morally good". Some people say it was actually a necessary condition, so something like "only if intended to benefits other... then morally good". What do you remember? If or only if?

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Re: Morally good action question
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006, 10:24:47 AM »
Go watch football. You got your 170 man.  Trust me.

Re: Morally good action question
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2006, 10:57:46 AM »
Go watch football. You got your 170 man.  Trust me.
haha, thanks. I'm kind of obsessed with this test though. I cant focus on anything else. damn, and i have like 3 papers to write and 2 finals on tuesday... life after the lsat sucks...

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Re: (Poll) Morally good action question
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2006, 11:05:14 AM »
If or only if terminology doesn't usually matter on these question types, IMO.  A completely unrelated answer choice (permitted by the use of "if" instead of "only if") that could be true is not going to be the one that most closely conforms to the stated principle.

Example:  An action is good if it is intended to help others.

Which of the following situations most closely conforms to the stated principles?

a) Steve intended to help Mary with her homework, even though she got an F.  So, Steve's action was good.

b) Steve played volleyball with Mary, so Steve's action was good.

B could be true, since the term "if" instead of "only if" was used in the stimulus, but it doesn't conform most closely.  Does that help at all?

Re: (Poll) Morally good action question
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2006, 11:07:09 AM »
No it matters. If the stimulus said "if a and b then c" then you can only prove c. If it said "only if a and b then c" you could only prove that something is not c. Big difference!

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Re: (Poll) Morally good action question
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2006, 11:11:49 AM »
The lady that took her kids to their grandfather. Final answer.

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Re: (Poll) Morally good action question
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2006, 11:12:40 AM »
Ok, I see what you're saying.  I've actually never diagrammed these questions, but I can see how that might have helped, in retrospect.

Re: (Poll) Morally good action question
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2006, 11:34:08 AM »
The lady that took her kids to their grandfather. Final answer.
Good. Orangie started a revolution arguing for another answer choice  ;D