QUESTION TYPE: Principle
PRINCIPLE: Society shouldn’t restrict the actions of adults, unless those actions will cause harm to others.
ANALYSIS: To violate this principle, we’d have to restrict the actions of adults, when those actions were not harming others.
Note that the principle never says we should ban things that harm others. It just says it might be ok to do that. Harm is a necessary condition for banning, but not a sufficient condition.
- Students, homework….hey, these are kids. The principle only talks about adults.
- This talks about not restricting the ability of others to profit from the invention. That’s perfectly ok: the principle tells us not to restrict.
- The principle never tells us to ban anything. It only tells us not to ban.
- This sounds ok. We’re restricting the actions of adults, but those actions harm others. The principle says we can restrict actions that harm others.
- CORRECT. Adults only harm themselves when they ignore warning labels. The principle says not to restrict the actions of adults unless they harm others.
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