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MODR 1760 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Softcore Pornography, Borthwick, Toronto Star


Department
Modes Of Reasoning
Course Code
MODR 1760
Professor
Cael D.Zorn
Lecture
20

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1) Toronto the cold and callous
Toronto Star November 12, 2012
text 113 words
I am an out of towner who once lived in Toronto. I visited the city the other day with my son and
walked along the theatre district. There was a tiny person, about four foot ten, sleeping in the middle
of the sidewalk with a Tim Horton’s cup and covered with a pink patterned blanket.
Well dressed citizens were chatting on cellphones planning lunch, stepping gingerly over the tiny
person without a glance. I was so shocked that I froze.
When I lived in Toronto. I would have described the city as classy, cultured and cutting edge. I
would now describe Toronto as callous, cold and calculating.
What is the matter with Torontonians?
Katherine
Borthwick, Hamilton
Main Conclusion
C:
Map
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P4:
P5:
C
Premise Acceptability
P1:
P2:
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P5:
Key Concepts
Fallacies
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2) No title 144 words
Pornography has spread rapidly in recent years in this country, as smallpox would if there were no
vaccination and no control by public health authorities. Like a disease, it brings no one anyone good
(except in the way a cold lets a lazy person “enjoy ill health” by giving him an excuse for not going
to work, so he can stay home and waste his time). Like a disease, it does insidious harm, not only to
the moral fibres of the person exposed to pornography, but to his character, for he can never
completely recover. Those who have fallen victim to the infection of pornography need our help, as
do people who have come down with pneumonia or diphtheria; and those who are deliberately
spreading pornography for profit need to be quarantined at once. The conclusion is obvious and
unassailable: pornography must be eliminated.
Main Conclusion
C: pornography must be eliminated
Map
P1: pornography is like a disease
P2: pornography has spread rapidly in recent years in this country, as smallpox would if there were
no vaccination and no control by public health authorities
P3: pornography brings no one anyone good, except in the trivial sense of allowing someone to
waste their time
P4: pornography does insidious harm, not only to the moral fibres of the person exposed to
pornography, but to his character
P5: a person can can never completely recover from the harm caused to them by
pornography.
P6: those who have fallen victim to the infection of pornography need our help, as do people who
have come down with pneumonia or diphtheria
P7: those who are deliberately spreading pornography for profit need to be quarantined at once
C
P1
P2 P3 P4 P6 P7
P5
Premise Acceptability
P1: debatable, religious conservative might agree, not others, psychologists might be divided
P2: acceptable given the Internet, which is unregulated, but otherwise it is regulated
P3: debatable, many would say yes, objectifies women, but many would no, e.g. improves married
life
P4: debatable, many would say it is addictive, lowers ones morality, others would see no harm
P5: debatable, for same reasons as above
P6: debatable, as many don’t see it as a disease, many might see it as addictive
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