Cheating is Against The Rules

1044 Words Jul 13th, 2018 5 Pages
I only have two hours to study for tomorrow’s math midterm due to the additional three essays and two presentations I have to turn in for my other classes. I have divided my available hours and for this exam, I could either study for two hours and not get a good grade, or break the rules by using the notes during the exam, therefore getting a guaranteed A. What should I do?

Cheating is against the rules of all corporations, institutions, and life. It is not viewed as morally correct because as one cheats, one is taking the easy way out and disrespecting those who work hard for the same outcome, therefore breaking binding contract of respecting others around you. It is tempting though, as we know the outcome if we are not caught, and it
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In this case, my decision-making would be reference to the results, which are getting a good grade, not doing much work the night before, and having more time to complete my other assignments. To this, I will be making my decisions out of inclination, and therefore in no way can cheating be created as a universal law, guiding it to be immoral. In the other hand, if I were to study for the exam, then Kant would agree that I would be acting out of responsibility, as he says, “responsibility must be based on the practical unconditioned necessity of an action. Thus it must hold true for all rational beings – since only for then can a categorical imperative apply. For this reason alone it can be a law for human will.” My actions of studying will be responsible, as I have worked for something that I don’t exactly know the outcome of. I do have the goal to achieve an A, but I do not have the assurance of getting it and therefore did not shape my action on a specific outcome. It could be held as true for all human though because if studying is stated as a universal, as it could be argued that it is, then there will be a purpose for the education institution to test students. Therefore, I would be following the instructions of a categorical imperative, as I would study to achieve my goal of getting a good grade in the exam.
Kant also states that the motivation of my actions or my
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