QUESTION TEXT: One should not intentionally misrepresent another person…
QUESTION TYPE: Principle
PRINCIPLE: Should Intentionally misrepresent other’s view (M) –> Purpose is to act in interest of other (P)
P –> M
ANALYSIS: Principle questions make me angry. I’m angry at you right now for reading this. These questions are soooo easy, but people have trouble with them. Gah!
On principle questions, you must focus only on what you can conclude. You can only conclude necessary conditions. So on this question, you can conclude only one thing. If someone is misrepresenting the belief of another, then they should act in that person’s interest. To violate the principle, they would not act in that person’s interest.
So you’re looking for two things:
- Misrepresenting someone else’s beliefs.
- Purpose is not in the interest of that person.
If you get stuck, look at that list of two things. The wrong answer you’re considering is missing one of them. Figure out what it is.
- CORRECT. It’s definitely against someone’s interest to make them look ridiculous. This means that Ann shouldn’t have misrepresented Bruce’s beliefs.
- Claude is acting in Thelma’s interests: he is preventing someone from bothering her. No one likes being bothered.
- John’s purpose appears to be acting for Maria’s interest: he wants people to respect her.
- Harvey is misrepresenting his own beliefs.
- It doesn’t sound like Wanda is misrepresenting George’s beliefs. He knows little about Geography, so maybe he doesn’t know Egypt is in Africa. It’s also not clear Wanda wants to harm George: maybe there is good reason to let people know the truth about his geographical limitations.
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