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Brooks 1 Janet Brooks PHI210RSCL02 – Thinking and Doing Ethics Word Count 350 Written Case Analysis 4 In case 4 (Ruggiero 173), the interested parties are the judge, woman, her son, and her son’s father. The first issue is the woman choosing to smoke around the child, but this is only if the father’s concern has merit which brings up another issue. This happened in a custody battle and the father could’ve brought this up to swing the case into his favor. One other issue is the judge ordering the woman to stop smoking around her son. When applying Locke’s natural rights theory, (Burnor, Raley 192), consider his four basic natural rights, (Burnor, Raley 193). Locke states we must be free to act without threat or hindrance to our lives, health, liberty, and property. The father had every right to be concerned about his son. He and the boy’s mother both act as moral agents for him since he doesn’t have autonomy due to his age and this gives him moral privilege to protect his son. But was his claim genuine? Maybe it was due to the smoking that there is a case after all.

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