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Complete Question Explanation

The correct answer choice is (E).

Answer choice (A):

Answer choice (B):

Answer choice (C):

Answer choice (D):

Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice.

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Why is E correct and not C?

I thought it was C because of ln 11-15 which mentions that the community's moral judgment is extreme than others.

Is E correct because of ln 17-19?

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Hi Chica,

Answer choice (E) is correct because of line 5: the "sole basis" for determining punishment should be a cost/benefit analysis, which is completely different from a moral judgment by anyone, including a community. The passage simply never ascribes the view in answer choice (C) to the economists.

Hope this helps.
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Could you explain why (D) is incorrect? Why is "inappropriate" better than "irrelevant"? Thanks!
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If that was the only difference between those answers, lilmissunshine, then I might lean towards "irrelevant" as the better choice, and a good argument could be made either way, causing all sorts of headaches for students and complaints to LSAC. But the answers have another important difference that makes E substantially better than D, and in fact makes D completely wrong.

Answer E is about what the economists think about assessing penalties, and that is all we know about them. Answer D is about those economists assessing the morality of the crimes committed by corporations! The passage tells us nothing about what the economists think about morality! Those folks might very well say "it should have no impact on the penalty, but if you want to assess the morality of a corporation, then the moral judgments of the community are an essential consideration."

Morality vs penalty - that's the key difference here that makes D wrong and E right. Moral judgments could be relevant to questions of morality, but are not appropriate in determining penalties.


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