Keiser University Chapter 6 Existence of Private Prisons Paper

    1. Study Chapter 6 pages 190-195 of your text.
    2. Select a topic from the list below and construct an argument using the eight steps listed on page 195 — and discussed on pages 186-192. Warning: Please make sure you work on one of the issues listed — no other arguments will be accepted!
    3. Make sure you fully understand what COMPLETENESS means (pages 186-7) OK, let me mention a fundamentally important part of it:
      You must look at and CONSIDER the opposing arguments (as every inductive argument must). It means that listing them is not good enough; you have to say which premises you find true or strong (and why) and which ones you find false or weak (and why) — otherwise your argument would be one-sided. Obviously, accepting certain premises against our argument will not make it weaker since every issue is complex.
      4. Strong feelings or even high passion are not elements of critical thinking; only reason is, as well as factual information. Morality, religion, value judgments, desires, wishes, preferences, tastes, likes, and dislikes do not make good subjects for critical arguments! Why? Because others may have other dislikes and likes, tastes, preferences, wishes, desires, value judgments, religion or morality, and the answer to the question regarding those, ‘why do they prefer what they prefer instead of what we prefer’ the answer is ‘just because.’ End of story.

Issues to choose from:

      1. Bullying is a problem in the USA and people tend to bully bullies as ‘punishment.’ Should bullies be bullied?
      2. Should school uniforms be mandated?
      3. Music and art may seem like ‘useless’ subjects in school, but research shows that they are useful in the development of youth. Should they be mandated in school?
      4. Should child beauty competitions be banned?
      5. Is it morally acceptable to treat juveniles ‘as adults’ (how young)?
      6. Should for-profit private prisons exist?
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