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Shvoong Home>Social Sciences>Is Homeless Person''s Home His Castle Summary

Is Homeless Person''s Home His Castle

Article Summary   by:Benjermine     Original Author: Alan M. Dershowitz
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Alan M. Dershowitz''s argument "Is Homeless Person''s Home His Castle" is a well researched, strong argument that often has the reader questioning their own beliefs and opinions on the topic. However it fails to provided arguments that are fallacy free and therefore his argument is not cogent. Dershowitzs haphazard attempt to argue based on opinion fails to provide the reader with useful information; thus leaves us questioning the sufficiency of his grounds in accepting his conclusion, that homeless people deserve the same rights in illegal search and seizure as all Americans. At first glance Dershowitzs argument seems well supported, providing countless examples, and expert testimony from that of the judges who sat for David Mooneys case, not to mention the information from the supreme court judges of conneticut that backed his opinion. He provides evidence that can not be easily refuted and draws very few assumptions pertaning to the innocence or guilt of his client. Additionally Dershowitzs acknowledgement of the dissenting judges findings, only strengten his argument. It illistrates his prepairedness for a rebutal arguments that may come forward from any critics that may find the majority judges rulings as too intrusive into the rights of homeless people.
Many people may find that since Dershowitzs is providing information that may prove to be benifical to the opposing arguers he is commiting some sort of fallacy. In reality he is simply stating the facts, that in reality prove to be benifical in prepairing for his counter argument. However poignant many of Dershowitz''s arguments may be, some may find him guilty of commiting certin fallacies that only weekin his assertivness. One fallacy to consider is the fallacy of appealing to pity. Many would consider Dershowitz''s portarail of Mooney''s languishing, despairing and glum life to be appealing to pity. But in reality it is merely stating the facts of homelessness. I would argue that Dershowitz does a great job of portraying the seriousness of Mooneys suroundings, which only strengthens his argument. Mooneys life may be pittyful it never the less is the reality of his everyday life.
Published: January 15, 2008   
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