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A classmate has cheated. You have seen him/her. Discuss the several elements from a moral point of view using the theories in normative ethics (virtue/duty-responsibility/consequentialist).

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INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS ETHICS & PHILOSOPHY C.CRISEO BLOCK 1 80% / 120 mns 3 ECTS credits 2003 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TAKE-HOME EXAM DUE ON WEEK 7 (20-24 October) in my pigeon hole (nb.40) NAME: Hang TAN (Kevin), 1130058 CLASS: L3A GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA: * Be well-written, double-spaced and typed * Be well-organised * Indicate solid reasoning * Demonstrate understanding ability of course material by referring to diverse philosophical theories * Provide critical analysis * Integrate theory and practice * Structure your thinking/opinions with rational arguments and not emotional ones * Essay must be written following the following Greek structure: Introduction/Thesis/Antithesis/Synthesis/Conclusion. ESSAY: 2. A classmate has cheated. You have seen him/her. Discuss the several elements from a moral point of view using the theories in normative ethics (virtue/duty-responsibility/consequentialist). DISCUSS ONE OF THESE STATEMENTS (circle the statement chosen): 1. Always act in the way that will produce the greatest overall amount of good in the world. 2. A classmate has cheated. You have seen him/her. Discuss the several elements from a moral point of view using the theories in normative ethics (virtue/duty-responsibility/consequentialist). 3. Morality is about producing good consequences, not having good intentions. Business Ethics Take-home Exam A Classmate has cheated. ...read more.

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It also encourages the student to cheat again in the future if he/she is not able to see the true picture behind the good exam marks. With all the negative consequences, cheating is considered as morally improper. Antithesis When discussing about morality, there is no absolute right or wrong. Therefore, a couple of argumentations can be taken to against the thesis which has been made in the previous chapters. Firstly, a student may cheat for the "surviving" purpose. In case he/she will not be allowed to continue the study if the result of the exams will not be sufficient to reach certain level. Human finds different ways to survive and therefore people all behave in different ways. The student decided to cheat in order to get a better result without harming any other parties in a directly way so as to maintain the criteria to survive. Secondly, human acts in the way according to the "rules and punishment". The result of failing the exam may lead to a serious punishment. Under this circumstance, a student will find a way to create a protection from being punished. When weighting both factors, a student may see the power of punishment heavier than obeying the rules and thus cheating occurs. ...read more.

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Since people are grown up in such different environments, way of thinking and perception can be various as well. However, we do believe there are certain universal values which are supposed to be shared by most of the people. This guides our behaviour in a kind of standard way which brings a harmonic life for the world. After weighting the thesis and antithesis of the case, cheating in the class can be considered as morally improper rather than proper. Even it does not harm any parties in a direct way, it creates an unfair atmosphere. Moreover, it blocks the path for the cheater to learn in both academic aspect and responsibility aspect. Besides performing one's own duties, it is also agreed that human should develop certain positive virtues and avoid the negative virtues. It is believed that moral education is very important according to the Virtue Theory. Adults are suggested to be responsible to guide the youth developing positive virtue. Cheating in the class seems like a very minor matter for the world. But try to imagine what will happen if this cheating behaviour keeps growing to certain extend, it could be harmful to individual as well as our society. Therefore, when taking an action, try to consider whether it is morally proper from different aspects since we are not living alone in the world. ...read more.

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