Brendan Ritchie, a grad student at Maryland, calls my attention to this story. Mr. Ritchie writes:
It is about a site where unemployed professors write papers for students that has recently been created. It is deeply unsettling, especially in light of the "argument" on the part of the site's creators that they have somehow removed the "ethical dimension" on their side. To quote from the article: "This removes the ethical dimension on our side as we have no control over what a client does upon paying for and receiving the project "
Apparently the argument is:
(1) we have nothing in place to make sure students don't use our service to cheat.
(2) Therefore, we bear no moral responsibility if students use our service to cheat.
I find this argument rather unconvincing. But perhaps I am alone in this respect.
I suspect most readers will agree with Mr. Ritchie, as I do. Thoughts from readers? Signed comments strongly preferred.