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Ethics of students taking books from a bookstore without paying

Your friend shows you some books he took from the bookstore without paying for them. When you question him about it, he says, Sure I took them. But I'm no different than anybody else around here. That's how we all manage to get through school on limited funds. I'll be a better medical professional because of all the knowledge I gain for these books.

Do you agree with your friend's rationalization? Why or why not?

What do you say to your friend in response to his rationalization?

What principles or values related to ethical behavior have assisted you in coming to your conclusion about the situation?

What model did you use to examine this ethical dilemma, and why did you select that particular model?

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I disagree with the students rationalization for stealing a book for several reasons:

1) The rationalization is based on situational ethics-"Everyone else is doing it." This indicates that right and wrong vary depending on what others do. They also rationalized it, based on the ends justifying the means. If both of these rationalization is true, another person would be valid in taking a book from my friend because he has many books and they will be a better doctor because of it.

2) Theft is termed as the act ...

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The ethics of students taking books from a bookstore without paying are examined.