Critical Reading-Kirsten Smith

Jeanette Walker


“When organs are taken from a dead body, it is done very sensitively and people would not be able to tell that it is done in such a lovely way.”

There are two separate claims here. The first is that, “when organs are taken from a dead body that it is done very sensitively”. This is an evaluation claim that may or may not be an inferential claim. The reason being is that it sounds like Jeanette has facts to back up this claim, but she never actually states them. Jeanette claims that she knows that when organs are taken from a dead body to be used for someone else that it is done very delicately or thoughtfully. This claim is unclear on the distinction on whether the word sensitively is describing the way that the doctors go about taking the organ is done carefully or if the person donating was thoughtfully and sympathetically giving their organ to save another life. The second is that, “people would not be able to tell that it is done in such a lovely way”. This part of the claim again does not make the distinction between whether the way the doctors take the organ is done “in a lovely way” or if the way that the donor decides to donate their organs before they die is done “in a lovely way.



“I firmly believe that God supports and approves organ donation.”

The claim here is that “God supports and approves organ donation”. This again is an evaluation or judgment claim because from her own thoughts and faith she believes that God would want people to donate their organs.



“The only options for me were to have a liver transplant or die.”

This could be an inferential claim because although the doctors were telling her that a liver transplant was her only option, how does she know that if she didn’t get the transplant that she wouldn’t die?




“God was there all the time with me. He was in the hospital with me. He was in the surgeon’s hands with me. He knew my work on earth wasn’t finished.”

Again this is a judgment claim because based on Jeanette’s own feelings and thoughts she claims that God was with her the whole time and that he knew that her work on earth wasn’t finished. Although I am also a Christian and believe in God and that he is always with us, there is a possibility that her statements are false. Maybe she is justifying not listening to God’s wishes by claiming she knows his wishes for her. We may never know the answer for sure, even if it was a fact. For the sake of this exercise, any claim about God is a judgment claim.



“I think that presumed consent is the way to go for this country.”


“There would be more transplants available.”

The first claim is a judgment claim because Jeanette’s feeling is that presumed consent is what her country should be doing. The second is a factual claim because of course if the country went by the philosophy of presumed consent, there would be more organs available to transplant. There is no possible way that assuming everyone is a donor could result in the same amount or less available organs to donate.



“There are people dying out there waiting for an organ.”

This is an inferential claim because she has no backup on whether this is a fact or not.

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One Response to Critical Reading-Kirsten Smith

  1. davidbdale says:

    Nice work overall, Kirsten.
    (Sadly, in 15 weeks I have not broken you of the habit of letting your periods dangle outside the quotation marks. You get it right about half the time. The simple rule is that commas and periods ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS go inside the quotation marks.)
    But your observations, as always, are strong.

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