Case Study 2

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Case Study 2: Hacking into Harvard
Naugie Pratt
Unit 2
October 2, 2012

Case Study 2: Hacking into Harvard
Summary of Events:
This case involves students who have applied to MBA programs, who stumbled across an opportunity to learn of their results early, information that had been obtained via message board. Anyone who has ever applied for admission to a prestigious college, or who has been interview for a desired job knows the feeling of playing the “wait game”. However in this case, applicants waiting for the results of application and interviews into MBA programs offered at –Harvard, Dartmouth, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Stanford were able to take a glimpse of whether their destiny has been fulfilled or not. While
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The applicants acted morally, because their actions produced the greater good, over the bad. The act utilitarianism state “ that we must ask ourselves, what are the consequences of my actions, and what will be the outcome if I decided to act on my actions.” If the consequences equals to more good, compared to any other alternative course of action then yes this action was the right one to take. An Assessment of Morality by
In terms of utilitarianism, the applicants were not acting morally. Act utilitarianism states” we must ask ourselves what the consequences may be, in a particular situation, and who shall be affected by the decision I made to act on. The applicant must not only take into consideration their family, other applicants, the school, etc. Finding out early are their results, is a cure for their high anxiety. The results of acceptance or rejection could leave you feeling happy or unhappy. An Assessment of Morality by
Kant’s ethics The actions of the applicants were anything but moral, Kant maintains, “That an action is morally right if and only if we can will it to be a universal law.” He asserted “it is not enough just to do the right thing an action has to have moral value only if it is done from a sense of duty---that is, from a desire to do the right thing for its own sake. When we act out of feelings, inclinations, or self-interest, the actions have no


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