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James Corcoran Stephen Finlay PHIL 140g Section 20103 Corporations and Free Speech In this paper, I show that the Supreme Court’s recent decision and argument that concludes that corporations are protected under first amendment rights is unsound. After presenting this argument, I show that the both of the premises are invalid. In the second section of my essay, I present the author’s argument and attempt to improve it. In the third section, I show how this argument fails by presenting an objection. I then show that some possible replies on behalf of the argument fail. In the article, the author presents an argument that “if a corporation is a person and people have 1st Amendment rights, then a corporation has such rights.” He sets up an argument in a premise-conclusion formation and states that: P1. “A corporation is a person” P2. Persons have first amendment rights C. Corporations have first amendment rights Despite the validity of the argument, it is ultimately unsound. To refine the argument, the first and second premises must be changed due to their falsehood. The argument must then be extended. As it currently stands, the argument is incomplete and poorly constructed. A much better argument is: P1. Corporations in the United States are composed of American citizens P2. First amendment rights protect all American citizens P3/C1. Therefore, first amendment rights protect all people in corporations in the United States P4. Groups derive their rights from their members P5. A corporation is a group C2. Corporations are protected under first amendment rights
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course PHIL 140 taught by Professor Yaffe during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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