Is this really cheating, especially under the course being studied

@agnescav (566)
United States
September 20, 2007 5:06pm CST
My daughter called the other night and told me she had to write a paper on Nicomachean ethics. As she described it, people are supposed to be happy, so anything they do should be in the pursuit of happiness. But they should also be happy while they are pursuing happiness. Also, your friends affect your morality. And your friends are your moral compass. There is no need for a hermit to study ethics or morals since he will have no friends. Of six choices, she has chosen the topic: Can Nicomachean ethics be applied in 2007? She can write papers but does not like to. I like writing. I would like her to finish college already and get on with the rest of her life, whatever that is. As her mother, I am going to consider myself her friend and part of her moral compass. She asked me to write the paper for her. And I agreed. She changed her mind and just asked for my help the next day. Would my writing the paper be ethical under the ethics she is studying at the moment? Then she asked me to write the paper for her
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@AmbiePam (51527)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I don't think it would have been ethical for you to write her paper. However, there wouldn't be anything wrong with your help and input. But I can see how that would be a temptation. It would seem ideal. But that's just my opinion. : )
@agnescav (566)
• United States
22 Sep 07
At any rate, none of us would have been happy with the outcome. The paper would have been terrible. I haven't been in college for a long time and it was so boring to me that the failure to show up in class caused them to ask me to leave. So i don't have any idea how to write a paper for a junior or senior class. She is coming over this week so I can help her.
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• Malaysia
21 Sep 07
Just help your daughter to finish her study but make sure everything is under school's syllable. The system of writing must be in accordance to the standardized discipline of writing. Let say what system are you going to teach your daughter to write a letter? At least there is system and not one's mind system. The recognized system in the world is 5W system - when, whom, who, what & why. Just what you are going to do to your daughter, at least she is under her school's discipline of writing and the system. That is call, academic learning and not expertise learning. As example for the referrals remark, italic, bold and all hyphens of when, where and how to write. And the standardized of page and margin set up. ******************************************************** Nicomachean Ethics or Ta Ethika, is a work by Aristotle on virtue and moral character which plays a prominent role in defining Aristotelian ethics. Nicomachean Ethics focuses on the importance of habitually behaving virtuously and developing a virtuous character. Aristotle emphasized the importance of context to ethical behavior, and the ability of the virtuous person to recognize the best course of action. Aristotle argued that eudaimonia is the goal of life, and that a person's pursuit of eudaimonia, rightly conceived, will result in virtuous conduct. ******************************************************* That is all from me, AGNESCAV. :::michael:::
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@urbandekay (18308)
3 Oct 07
It is cheating and you or your daughter has grossly misunderstood or misrepresented Nicomachean ethics in a number of ways. Firstly it is eudimonia is not really happiness but rather well-being or human flourishing. Neither does Aristotle intend that the pursuit of happiness justify any action on the contrary development of the virtues is necessary for eudimonia. If, as you say, you consider yourself your daughter's moral compass, you have guided her badly. A virtue friend, in Aristotelian, is better thought of as a mirror to reflect yourself in, since a virtue friend shares the same goals and desires as yourself. all the best urban
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@agnescav (566)
• United States
3 Oct 07
I did not write the paper for her. I did help her write the paper, as in I edited it and made suggestions. I clearly have no insight into ancient Greek philosophers so that would have been an F right there. By no means did I mean I would do research, read her textbook or anything like that. Her class is moral theory. When she was talking to me, I thought it was funny that in all the time she has been in college,way more than four years, she never asked for my help. So cheating in EYHICS class struck me as funny.
@agnescav (566)
• United States
3 Oct 07
Ethics
@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
3 Oct 07
yes it'd be cheating. :) If you typed it for her that would be another story. If she dictated it to you, that'd be fine too. As her moral compass you should influence her, not the other way around. ;)
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@agnescav (566)
• United States
3 Oct 07
I helped her edit it. And she is almost 25 years old. We are moral compasses for each other at this point.
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• United States
26 Nov 07
Having someone write a paper for you destroys your integrity, which is something Aristotle discusses in Nicomachean Ethics. He also mentions that the hardest paths to take are also the most morally and ethically sound. In other words, taking the easy way out is not morally correct. He does mention that everyone should be in the pursuit of happiness, but that they should do this using his written definitions of virtue. Having someone doing your work for you is dishonest, and dishonesty is definitely not a virtue. The hard route is the one that is most rewarded, and laziness is shunned.
• United States
17 Oct 07
Under the Nicomachean ethics it would have been okay for you to write the paper but under the ethics we follow or try to follow it would have been wrong.