Why is cheating wrong?

Studies in Philosophy and Education vol. 29, p. 67 (2010)

14 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2016

Date Written: September 29, 2008


Since cheating is obviously wrong, arguments against it (it provides an unfair advantage, it hinders learning) need only be mentioned in passing. But the argument of unfair advantage absurdly takes education to be essentially a race of all against all; moreover, it ignores that many cases of unfair (dis)advantages are widely accepted. On the other hand, the fact that cheating can hamper learning does not mean that punishing cheating will necessarily favour learning, so that this argument does not obviously justify sanctioning cheaters.

Keywords: Academic dishonesty, Academic integrity, Academic misconduct, Education, Ethics, Grades, Homework, Plagiarism

Suggested Citation

Bouville, Mathieu, Why is cheating wrong? (September 29, 2008). Studies in Philosophy and Education vol. 29, p. 67 (2010), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739123

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