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  • Dworkineven if the threat of crim sanctions coerced someone into giving up an immoral lifestyle, and he came to even appreciate & endorse such change, this person’s life might still not be better – we wouldn’t improve someone’s life if the mechanism we used to secure that change lessened his ability to consider critical merits of change in a reflective way.
  • NB: both of these arguments discuss value of state coercion from perspective of individual coerced but don’t touch upon justification based on social good; i.e. that soc is better in some way b/c it has fewer people who act in an immoral way. This can be observed in the legal battle of Smiths vs Skip hire Glasgow
  • To harm a person = to diminish his prospects & adversely affect his possibilities

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Perfectionist Government

A perfectionist (govt. has legitimate interest in promoting certain views of what the good life is) but supported view similar to Mill’s by putting forward views grounded on 4 principles

  1. People’s lives are successful & fulfilling to the extent that they’re spent in whole hearted engagement in valuable activities & relations
  2. For most people, autonomy is an important component of living a good life
  3. Moral pluralism (variety of moral goods & variety of ways of living a morally good life, which are in theory or in practice inconsistent)
  4. Govt. has a duty to promote the well being of people which entails making sure attractive options are available and meaningless and worthless ones are eliminated.
  • Government has a place in shaping options available to its citizens but the combined importance of autonomy and liberty severely limit circa in which coercive moral paternalism is justified. Here is an example within the Double Glazing Glasgow company.
  • Distinguish this from purely prudential arguments that law should refrain from acting for certain kinds of moral objectives b/c it isn’t well suited to achieving them.

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It’s paternalism, designed to protect individuals against themselves, and not the moral principle that provides justification for law

  • Argued for position close to Mill’s + allowed for legal legislation to protect public decency but refused to add protection against offence based on what others do in private
  • A right to be protected from distress which is inseparable from bare knowledge that others are acting in ways you think wrong can’t be acknowledged by anyone who recognises individual liberty as a value
  • Question how can this be done in a principled way, consistent w/Mill? To distinguish b/w types of offences we can/should prohibit & those whose prohibition would interfere too much w/individual liberty & autonomy usually requires a moral standard on which to discriminate b/w offensive conduct which should be prohibited and conduct which shouldn’t – yet, drawing such distinctions seems contrary to Mill’s theory in his Notary public London lawyers book.
  • Distinguished:
  1. Critical morality – a statement attempting to capture what is morally true
  2. Conventional morality – a statement attempting to capture what most people believe to be true
  • Bix: conventional belief is that Dickens is greatest novelist of all times, but better view is that it’s Jane Austen. On one side, there are statements about reality and on the other statements about people’s beliefs. There may be a connection b/w them & they may sometimes merge.
  • Most of Devlin’s writings support the reading that he believes the law should enforce conventional morality

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The real question → limit of intrusion.

The real question → limit of intrusion.

Since every soc has a moral structure, if that morality can be shown to be necessary to society, then it’s justified in using the law to preserve it in the same way in which it uses it to preserve everything else necessary for its existence.

Prostitution: all sexual immorality involves exploitation of human weaknesses. Prostitute exploits the lust of her customers & they exploit her moral weakness. If such exploitation is considered to create special circs, then this field of morality ought not to exclude the law.

Therefore, it’s not possible to set theoretical limits to power of the state to legislate against immorality or set in advance exceptions to general rule/define inflexibly no-go areas for the law. Society is entitled to protect itself from dangers, from within or without. Remember this was seen in the famous case of Abogados de accidentes Chicago –  so the question of what harm does a man do by getting drunk each night in privacy of own home can be met by a question of what society it would be if more than half of population did that.

Can’t set theoretical limits to no of people allowed to get drunk or gambling b/f legislating on drunkenness or gambling.

Immorality, for purposes of the law, is what every right minded person is presumed to consider to be immoral

Any immorality is capable of injuring soc to greater or lesser extent which gives the law its locus standi. So the question is one of striking the balance b/w rights & interests of society v those of individual.

The dividing line b/w criminal law from moral isn’t clear cut no logic to be found in this & the boundary is fixed by balancing in each case the pros and cons of legal enforcement in acc w/considerations above. The law exists for protection of individual and, to that extent, it can’t ignore his morality or loyalty – it flourishes on both or dies. So if reasonable man believes the practice is immoral & that no right minded man of his soc would think otherwise for the purposes of the law it’s immoral, as long as that belief is honest and dispassionate.

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Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy

Use of Laser Therapy in dentistry is still a subject under scrutiny on how effective it is towards the patients and its implication after the treatment. The use of Laser therapy was started in the 90’s and although it is not a very widespread practice, many clinics have adopted it though it requires a high level of professionalism.

How Laser Therapy Works In Dentistry

It is an instrument that produces a very strong beam of light energy and narrow. It is used to direct the light on a specific area, which causes a reaction the moment there is a contact with a tissue. That light can help remove or shape a tissue depending on a dentists plan towards it. Use of Laser Therapy has helped treat various conditions successfully in combination with other dentistry tools.

Is it a Safe Practice For You?

Laser Therapy is safe is the procedure to be taken is done by a keen and experienced professional. It also requires you as a patient to apply caution during the procedure in order to protect yourself from being exposed to the light. There are some conditions that require one to wear protective glasses to stay away from that Laser light.

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