and so knows that no one would ever find out that the ideas in the relevant

And so knows that no one would ever find out that the

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and so knows that no one would ever find out that the ideas in the relevant section are not his own. Furthermore, Pak realizes that Ka Ho’s insight is quite profound, and that it would substantially enhance Pak’s chances of winning his department’s dissertation award, which would, in turn, positively affect Pak’s chances on the academic job market. Should Pak present Ka Ho’s insight as his own?
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CASE A: SOMEONE ELSE’S INSIGHT (GUIDING QUESTIONS) 1. The ethical theory known as consequentialism says that only the consequences of an action matter to its moral evaluation, i.e. to whether it is permissible or impermissible, right or wrong. Does this case pose a challenge to consequentialism? 2. The case describes Pak as considering plagiarizing just a “small section” of Ka Ho’s work. Does this matter to the degree to which the contemplated action is wrong, if it is wrong? Would it be wrong, but only “a little bit wrong” for Pak to do what he’s considering doing?
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CASE A*: STEALING FROM ONESELF? In her final undergraduate year, Jane published a paper in an undergraduate journal on the same topic that is now the topic of her Ph.D. dissertation, on the poet W.H. Auden. While drafting her third chapter, Jane realizes that she could just cut-and-paste from her undergraduate journal article, using it, with minor alterations, almost in its entirety, thereby producing a nearly completed third chapter of her dissertation.
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CASE A*: STEALING FROM ONESELF? Her university and department have very strict rules on academic honesty and these rules describe plagiarism as a form of theft. But – you can’t steal from yourself! – Jane reasons, so these rules do not apply to what she is considering doing. Besides, no one will know that the work has already been published; no one remembers, or is keeping careful track of, work published in undergraduate journals. On the other hand, Jane is still proud of the ideas in her earlier paper and they fit in quite well with her overall project. Plus, she saves all the time she would have needed to draft a wholly new third chapter! Should Jane cut-and-paste from her old article?
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CASE A*: STEALING FROM ONESELF? (GUIDING QUESTION) 1. Is “self-plagiarism” a genuine variety of plagiarism? Is plagiarism a form of theft? If cutting-and-pasting from her old article, without citation, is not plagiarism, how or why would it qualify as academic dishonesty (if it does qualify as such)?
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