Stealing Study Guide
Stealing Study Guide

Stealing Study Guide

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A study guide on introductory concepts in philosophy.

Stealing Study Guide

Many will want to avoid an absolute moral view regarding the unacceptability of stealing, the kind of view that Kant might be thought to defend. Neither Utilitarianism nor Virtue Ethics offer an absolute prohibition against stealing, but each has their own problems. In terms of showing your understanding of these issues, applying normative theories to your own variety of cases is a tactic that may best enable you to write with confidence about the various nuanced issues afflicting each theory.

​Key Terminology

  • Categorical Imperative
  • Universalisation
  • Truth-apt

Is keeping due tax from the government an example of stealing?


Can you create your own satisfactory definition of stealing?


How does the definition you arrived at in D2 fit with the idea of stealing ideas?


Does stealing once make you more likely to steal again?


Is it possible to measure the psychological pains associated with stealing?


Is an absolute prohibition against stealing defensible? Why or why not?


Do people you consider virtuous have any history of stealing?


Would the best set of rules for promoting the greatest good for the greatest number contain a rule absolutely prohibiting stealing?


Is it worth debating the ethics of stealing if you are an emotivist or a prescriptivist?


What would the error-theorist say about the morality of stealing?

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