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Logic & Scientific Philosophy, Uncategorized

Crime or a Good Deed?

A teenaged boy, Andrew, who works at a Goodwill in Florida recently came close to having charges pressed against him for giving customers huge discounts without approval. At first, his illegal actions resulted in him getting fired and arrested. However, this didn’t last long as Goodwill had a change of heart shortly after. Rather than focusing on the illegal aspect of what Andrew had done, Goodwill took it into consideration that Andrew did what he did for the sake of the well-being of others rather than himself. Once they realized the selflessness and innocence of his actions, the charges were dropped. The argument for this can be summed up as:

Criminals do not break the law for the sake of others

Andrew broke the law for the sake of others

Therefore, Andrew is not a criminal

In conclusion, Andrew not being a criminal would be a valid argument considering the premises. However, the word “criminal” has a different definition to different people. Some may view his actions as harmless and selfless, like the other employees at Goodwill did, but others may argue that what he did was illegal and that should be enough to define him as a criminal. In addition, there is no proof that no criminal would break the law for the sake of others. Although charges weren’t pressed, Andrew was still fired from his job at Goodwill, which further demonstrates how his actions were still seen as wrong and not completely innocent. Whether or not he should be considered a criminal is hard to say, as both sides of the argument are valid but neither is factually correct.

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4 thoughts on “Crime or a Good Deed?

  1. Interesting argument Sophie, I’d like to question one of your arguments though, isn’t breaking the law always a criminal act? Regardless of the intentions? This could be used as a basis to the other side of the argument:
    Andrew broke the law
    Breaking the law is criminal
    Therefore Andrew is a criminal
    I think that argument can be very much sound. What do you think?

    Posted by andrearuiz2013 | September 29, 2013, 4:47 am
  2. Thats a good argument. It was very thought provoking and caught my interest. Great job sophie!

    Posted by jessicapee | September 29, 2013, 10:02 pm
  3. I agree. *Technically,* Andrew is a criminal because he committed a crime. On the other hand, should he be treated as a criminal and charged? That cannot be answer and that’s where your argument comes into play.

    Posted by ashleyashrafian | September 30, 2013, 12:22 am

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