Meghan - posted on 01/26/2011 ( 66 moms have responded )
My psyc prof read us this situation is class tonite...
"A woman was near death from a unique kind of cancer. There is a drug that might save her. The drug costs $4,000 per dosage. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money and tried every legal means, but he could only get together about $2,000. He asked the doctor scientist who discovered the drug for a discount or let him pay later. But the doctor scientist refused. Heinz broke into the laboratory and stole the drug."
Kohlberg- Heinz dilemma, development of moral reasoning.
After getting some of our answers she then asked
"What if your child/spouse/family friend" is a drug addict and commits a robbery to support their habit and you were made aware of it. Do you turn them in?" (The legal definition of robbery is the act of taking another's possessions or property by use of violence, intimidation or threat.)
So the two scenario's are obviously different. Is breaking the law in either situation ok, not ok, is one more justifiable than the other?
*Sorry just edited to add the last part of Kohlberg's questions