Write an essay on the following:
In Canada, is two-tier MRI just? Was it morally permissible for Sanders’ father to purchase a private MRI for his son? In answering this second question, assume, for the sake of argument, that two-tier MRI is unjust in Canada.
In answering this question, be sure to define key terms, briefly explain the case of Sanders, and clearly state your thesis. In addition to giving your arguments for your views, be sure to consider a spectrum of opposing views, and explain why the arguments for those views fail. For example, if you are arguing that 2-tier is sometimes permissible, be sure also to consider arguments from the libertarian and egalitarian perspectives, and explain why they fail. Also, be sure to consider objections to your arguments, and explain why they fail.
Essays should be clearly referenced (in text, author’s last name, and page number), and should draw at least in part on some of the arguments presented in some of the course readings.
It may be helpful to assume that you are writing for an intelligent, open-minded audience, and you are trying to argue why your view of the matter is correct or most rationally justified. Indeed, it might help to assume that your audience is slightly leaning to the opposing side, and so you will need to work hard to explain why the opposing arguments fail and why your side has the better reasons behind it. Remember to be self-critical; think of possible weak spots in your argument; raise challenges to your argument, and explain how your argument can be defended against those challenges.
1. introduction with a brief description of Marissa’s case, and a clear thesis that answers the assigned question, e.g., I will argue that Marissa’s abortion was (or was not) wrong.
2. developed argument for the opposing side, stated precisely and explained in a fair and thorough manner
3. targeted objection to that opposing argument (if 2 objections, then 2 paragraphs)
4. another argument that a rival may make, stated precisely, explained fairly and thoroughly
5. why that argument fails.
6. favored argument for one’s own view, stated precisely and explained, and applied to Marissa’s case
7. targeted objection to one’s favored argument
8. thoughtful response to that argument
9. possibly another objection to one’s favored argument
10.thoughtful response to that argument
11.conclusion that briefly restates the main point of the paper
10.demonstrates a grasp of some of the relevant literature (not just the textbook or my online lessons, but also the assigned readings on abortion)
11.demonstrates fairness (to opposing views and to critics of one’s favored argument)
12.demonstrates thoughtfulness (especially when it comes to one’s favored argument, and any problems it might face)
13.clear and concise writing (short clear sentences, no fluff,…) NO, “ABORTION IS AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE” RATHER, STUDENTS SHOULD GET DIRECTLY TO WORK ANSWERING THE ASSIGNED QUESTION.
14.clear organization — be sure paragraphs are used carefully, with each argument given in its own paragraph, each objection in its own paragraph, etc. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT PRESENT AND REJECT AN ARGUMENT IN ONE PARAGRAPH. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT RAISE 2 PROBLEMS IN 1 PARAGRAPH. EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE IN ITS PROPER PLACE, SO THAT EACH IDEA IS DEVELOPED AND CLEARLY EXPLAINED
15.originality — it is always nice to see a student considering a novel argument on the topic, provided that they develop it carefully and think critically about it.
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