Exercise

Identify, in the following claims: (i) the two components of the claims, paying particular attention to claims that state someone else's views or that employ the 'if ... then' form; (ii) the value judgments that some of them are making (explicitly or implicitly); (iii) the explicit or implicit markers of scope and certainty that are essential to the claim's proper functioning; and (iv) any words that might appear to have interesting connotations.

a. Some years ago, the Northern Territory passed legislation allowing some people to commit voluntary euthanasia.

b. Most religious leaders at the time, and now, claim that legislation permitting voluntary euthanasia is immoral.

c. If a state government passed voluntary euthanasia laws, then the Federal Government would not be able to stop that legislation in the same way that it did for the Northern Territory.

d. Several terminally ill people were reported in the media at the time as saying they were moving to the Northern Territory.

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