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 oadeboy1
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Can you please take a look at my logic and tell me what I’m doing wrong?

Pg. 2-78 Question #5

Stimulus

Politician: It is wrong for the government to restrict the liberty of individuals; except perhaps in those cases when to fail to do so would allow individuals to cause harm. Yet, to publish something is a liberty, and to offend is not to cause harm.

Conditional Statement Breakdown

It is wrong for the government to restrict the liberty of individuals; except perhaps in those cases when to fail to do so would allow individuals to cause harm.

Wrong- Absolute language

Except - Unless Equation
Find what expect is modifying (In this case harm)
Negate the sufficient.

Government Restrict Liberty ------> Harm (If the government restricts liberty there is harm.)

Contrapositive NOT Harm ------> NOT GRL

Wrong is a negative word so I negated the sufficient

Yet, to publish something is a liberty, and to offend is not to cause harm.

P----> L Contrapositive NOT L---------> NOT P

O --------> NOT H Contrapositive H ---------> NOT O


Chain: O-------> NOT H ------> NOT GRL


A is the right answer but I don't know how to link or diagram P----> L in the chain?

GRL and L can't be the same thing because if O-------> NOT H ------> NOT GRL---------> NOT P.

This can't be true because it would mean if it it is offensive then it is not harmful. (True)

If it is not harmful then it cannot be restricted by the government true. (True)

If it cannot be restricted by the government then it cannot be published. (False) because of contradicts P------>L.
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 Stephanie Turaj
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Hi!

Thanks for the question! You can find a detailed discussion of this question here:

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