University of Houston (undergraduate – junior)

A Critical Report of Ronald Dworkin’s Integrity in Law

Positive law is one of the fundamental schools of thought in jurisprudence and the philosophy of law, amongst a few others such as Natural Law and Legal Realism.  The concept of legal positivism in essence is engrained in two basic ideas: one, that morality and law have no inherent or necessary connection, and the second … Continue reading »

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Hart – Rule of Recognition and Law

What makes something a law and how does it come about to be a law? Is morality necessary or sufficient for law in general? Can the two or should they be separate? Two types of views answering these questions are the Natural Law Theory and the Positivist Theory.  One prominent natural law theorist, St. Thomas … Continue reading »

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Analyzing the Case of Dax Cowart

One of the ideas central to medical ethics is that of patient autonomy.  The conflict though is always determining exactly how much autonomy the patient possesses. Is it morally permissible to allow a patient to have complete autonomy?  Do patients lose rights when they go to a doctor?  Should a doctor do what a patient … Continue reading »

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Hardwig and Brody Paper

A patient is generally determined to be incompetent in a hospital when the patient is no longer able to make rational decisions.  Taking care of incompetent patients can be an extremely stressful, time consuming task for a family.  The decision becomes even more difficult when the question of stopping treatment arises for a terminally ill … Continue reading »

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The Great Confabulation

I wanted to go to the kitchen to eat because I was craving a bowl of cereal.  I went to the kitchen.  Therefore, I consciously chose to go because I wanted a bowl of cereal.  The conception of the mind is that we are consciously aware beings and that our conscious minds are in control … Continue reading »

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