Ashford University: PHI 103
CONTEXT: Mr. Keyes is a Roman Catholic who is pro-choice but also believes that the death penalty is essential in some cases. Both men agree that abortion and the death penalty are on different levels and cannot be compared to each other. Mr. Keyes compares women’s rights to abortion to that of a slave holder, in the sense that “black” people were not developed enough and could be bought and sold is the same concept of a baby not born is not developed enough and could be killed at will. THE ISSUE: Mr. Keyes compares women’s rights to that of a slave holder. THE CONCLUSION: Abortion and the death penalty are on different levels and cannot be compared. THE PREMISES (REASONS): Keyes says that abortion and capital punishment are at different levels of concern. Obama believes that the death penalty is appropriate in certain circumstances. STRUCTURE:
1. Mr. Keyes is Roman Catholic.
2. Mr. Keyes views do not conflict with his faith.
3. Abortion and the death penalty are on different levels.
4. Mr. Obama agrees.
5. Mr. Keys labels people
EVALUATION: I think that Keyes argument is a deductive argument that is invalid and also unsound. Although his premises are true, his conclusion is not since he says that “if you make a distinction between the two, it is a total disregard for human life”. I also think that Obama’s argument is a deductive one, only his seems to be valid and sound. He makes a valid argument because his premises are true and his conclusion is also true that the death penalty has to be fair and uniformly applied. Each one has valid points and both agree that abortion and the death penalty are on different levels.
Alan Keyes v. Barack Obama debate on Death Penalty
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