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Cicero and the Law Student

Discuss the two sides in this scenario, then choose one of them and justify your position.

What contradictions come into play?

Cicero agreed to teach a student law under the following conditions: the student would pay the first half of the fee at the beginning of the course, and the second half after he won his first case. However, following the completion of the course of study the student did not begin practicing law. Cicero suspected he was reneging on the second half of the fee, so he sued him in court.

Cicero argued that if the court decided in his favor, the student should pay him, and if the court decided against him, the student had won his first case and should pay him.

The student argued, however, that if the court decided in his favor, he should not have to pay, and if the court found against him, he had not won his first case and should not have to pay.

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A beginning argument on the law student's side:

The law student should not have to pay, because he had not won any cases, as per the agreement. When Cicero argued in court, the first part of his argument was that the student should have to pay him, without including any conditions. However, in the second half of his argument, he states that if he loses the case, the student had won his first case and would owe him the money. Cicero is contradicting himself by ...

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Discuss the two sides in this scenario, then choose one of them and justify your position.

What contradictions come into play?

Cicero agreed to teach a student law under the following conditions: the student would pay the first half of the fee at the beginning of the course, and the second half after he won his first case. However, following the completion of the course of study the student did not begin practicing law. Cicero suspected he was reneging on the second half of the fee, so he sued him in court.

Cicero argued that if the court decided in his favor, the student should pay him, and if the court decided against him, the student had won his first case and should pay him.

The student argued, however, that if the court decided in his favor, he should not have to pay, and if the court found against him, he had not won his first case and should not have to pay.

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