QUESTION TEXT: The desire for praise is the desire…
QUESTION TYPE: Sufficient Assumption
CONCLUSION: You don’t deserve praise if the desire for praise motivates you to help others.
REASONING: We deserve praise only if we’re trying to help others.
ANALYSIS: The argument hasn’t shown that people who want praise also lack a desire to help others. We can have multiple motives for any action. We may like to help others as well as ourselves.
- CORRECT. If we can’t have both motives then this is a good argument. Desire for praise means no desire to help others.
- This sounds good, but the argument hasn’t proven that those actions are motivated solely by a desire for praise. People can have multiple motives.
- The argument hasn’t said that people motivated by praise are indifferent to the welfare of others.
- People might well advance the interest of others if they take action to help them. So they could deserve praise.
- This shows that we’re correct to focus on motives. But this doesn’t let us say that people who desire praise also lack a desire to help others.
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