QUESTION TYPE: Sufficient Assumption
CONCLUSION: People cannot feel secure under vague laws.
REASONING: Vague laws restrict freedom: people can’t be sure if their actions are legal.
ANALYSIS: The argument goes from restricting freedom to feeling insecure. We need some kind of connection.
As always on a sufficient assumption question, the right answer must connect the premises to the necessary condition of the conclusion.
The correct answer tells us: Don’t know if actions are legal ➞ you cannot feel secure.
- CORRECT. Since people don’t know if their actions are legal when laws are vague then people also can’t feel secure.
- “Might not feel secure”? That’s not a very powerful answer choice. Our conclusion is that people cannot feel secure.
- We’re trying to conclude that people don’t feel secure. This only tells us how to conclude that people do feel secure.
- This doesn’t tell us that people will necessarily feel insecure if the laws governing them are vague.
- This gets it backwards. We get: know your actions are legal ➞ feel secure. That doesn’t help us conclude that people don’t feel secure.
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