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Affirmative Constructive I stand to affirm the resolution: Resolved: When in conflict, an individual’s right of self-determination ought to be valued above public health concerns . Before I begin the construction of my case, a few key terms must be defined. 1.) When in conflict – For simplicity and fairness, this phrase will be defined as one term. In order to ensure fair grounds for both sides, the definition for the round should be “when only one or the other can be maintained.” 2.) Self-determination- the freedom to make your own choices 3.) Ought- what should be done. 4.) Public health- the health of people in general. 5.) Concern- Something that causes people to worry. 6.) I would first like to make an observation: Almost all choices can be seen in the light of public health concerns, such as consuming alcohol, drugs, sexual activity, driving, and emitting carbon. Since this is the case, the interpretation of the resolution that would produce the fairest debate for this resolution would provide the answer to the question: “Is using public health as a reason to curtail self-determination beneficial?” Therefore, whichever side can show the greatest benefit should win the round. Considering these definitions, my observation, and the core issues of the resolution, I affirm the resolution because doing so best achieves the value of Societal Welfare. Societal welfare is generally defined as “the well-being of the society as a whole.” Rather than focusing on the interests of each individual, we should focus on the wellbeing of the entire society because this resolution concerns everyone in the world and trying to advocate for the interests of every single person in the world would lead to impossible decisions. Societal welfare is valuable to everyone, and allows for a clear goal in the affirmation of the resolution. The criterion , which shall be used to determine and demonstrate why the resolution must be affirmed, is Precedent Utilitarianism . Precedent Utilitarian theorists believe that when a person compares possible actions in a specific situation, the comparative merit of each action is most accurately approximated by estimating the net probable gain in utility for all concerned from the consequences of the action, taking into account the precedent set by the action. So, basically stated, we should make decisions that would be in the greatest good for the greatest number of people while also considering the precedent, or pattern, set by the decision. This criterion will be shown to achieve my value because the best that one could hope for in achieving the welfare of society as a whole is to advocate for the greatest good for the majority of individuals in a society.
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