Module 6 Assignment.docx - Wendy Bhagwandeen Assignment 6 Module 5 Questions 710.5.5(DRUGS AND THE LAW Define the term legal paternalism Legal

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Wendy Bhagwandeen Assignment 6 Module 5 Questions: 710.5.5 (DRUGS AND THE LAW) Define the term legal paternalism. Legal paternalism is defined as the state’s authority to protect individuals from self-inflicted harm. It is the states exercise of power over adults for their own good. John Stuart Mill opposes state paternalism on the grounds that individuals know their own good better than the state does, that the moral equality of persons demands respect for others' liberty, and that paternalism disrupts the development of an independent character. Explain how the fuzzy boundaries of the term “self-regarding act” make it possible for a deontologist to endorse at least some criminal prohibitions on drug possession. A self-regarding act is an act that affects the person engaged in it but no one else. This has a fuzzy boundary to it thus making it acceptable on a deontologist to prohibit drug possession. Consumption of drugs doesn’t merely affect taking them. Rather, drug consumption affects the people to whom the consumer is connected with. Family and friends are likely to suffer when someone takes drugs. 710.5.6 (ADDICTION AS A DEFENSE TO CRIMINAL LIABILITY) Explain the Wilkey/Leventhal disagreement about the proper resolution of Moore. Wilkey concluded that the psychiatrist’s testimony was properly excluded and that Moore should serve prison time. Leventhal concluded that the psychiatrist’s testimony was properly excluded
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