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Revision as of 01:06, 28 April 2014


A "vice" is usually considered to be a personal character weakness. Vices, as such, may or may not be illegal and this will frequently depend on the society.

Vices

  • Two drugs - alcohol and tobacco - are considered to be (only) vices - not crimes. However other drugs are illegal. Is this fair or rational?
  • What activities should be covered by criminal law? How do we decide?
  • Which is more important - to protect people from themselves, or people’s right to choose to live their lives in whatever manner they prefer?
  • Prostitution, pornography and the sale of illegal drugs are sometimes referred to as “victimless” crimes. Do you agree? Should these, in fact, be illegal?
  • Some have argued that "victimless crimes" are just another word for "sins" - that they are a holdover from the time when law and punishment were based on religious principles. What do you think?
  • Drinking is generally considered a vice, but it can also be considered to be an illness (alcoholism) or a crime (drunk driving). So should drunk drivers be treated as patients or criminals? If they are treated as criminals, then what punishment is appropriate?
  • Many smokers decide to smoke regardless of the potential risks. Should smoking-related illnesses be treated by the state, that is, the taxpayer; or should smokers be obliged to pay for their own treatment?
  • Could liking chocolate be considered a "vice"? Why/why not?
  • How would you describe the difference between a vice and an addiction?

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