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DATXDUDE
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BeckaD
Con (against)

Cheating on tests is ethical.

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Started: 9/13/2016 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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DATXDUDE

Pro

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BeckaD

Con

For clarification during this round I would like to offer the following definition: ethical is defined by Cambridge Dictionary as "relating to beliefs about what is morally right and wrong."
It is known that plagiarism, is wrong because it is illegal. Cheating on a test is plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined by Oxford Dictionary as the "practice of taking someone else"s work or ideas and passing them off as one"s own." When you cheat on a test you are taking another person's information or knowledge and claiming it as you own. Tests are designed to test your knowledge on a specific topic and if a person just copies another's ideas, they are defeating the point of the test. Cheating on tests is not only unethical but also illegal as it is a form of plagiarism. For these reasons it is obvious that cheating on tests is not legal.
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Posted by Iacov 1 year ago
Iacov
@Samcoder1 I agree however that brings up the point when is something no longer considered studying and instead considered cheating?
Posted by Samcoder1 1 year ago
Samcoder1
Con makes the error of claiming that cheating on a test involves using someone else's knowledge. You acquire any knowledge you have from parents, peers, and teachers. So arguably even when you answer a test legitimately, you are using their words and their knowledge.

Example:

Teacher: Battle of Hastings was in 1066.
Student in test: Battle of Hastings was in 1066.

Even if the student didn't cheat, he writes down what his teacher told him. Consequently, the entirety of Con's argument is meaningless.
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