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  1. (half a page) Evaluate the following argument used by Sam from the standpoint of Louis Pojman.  In your treatment of the argument answer the following questions:  a. What position is does this argument support?  How would Pojman address this argument?

    A dentist named Sam is examining a child’s teeth, and decides to drill into a perfectly health tooth, because he likes to hear the child scream.    When confronted by his assistant who intervenes he says:

    “What do you mean what I am doing is wrong?  That is a value judgment that I resent.”  “Besides, that is just your opinion.  In my opinion it’s ok and I enjoy it.”  Now go get the X-rays I told you about that show this child’s tooth is decayed!

    2.  (1 and a half pages) Evaluate Scanlon’s argument based on his example of the “water dispute” in the article we read.  Place yourself into the position of both the landowner with the water and the other landowners seeking water rights.  Do you think that you could come to a “reasonable” decision – in the sense that Scanlon uses the term, or do you believe that  we could only solve the dispute by appeal to rationality in the sense use by the Utilitarian or the Kantians?  Explain.

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