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Activity Sheet 16-A: Moral Reasoning: The Heinz Dilemma
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Ask a few different people to respond to Kohlberg’s most well-known dilemma. After reading the scenario to each person, write down the answers on a separate sheet of paper. Later, summarize and score it below according to the information given in the text on page 627. Try asking people of different ages and both males and females. Afterwards, complete the exercise outlined in Student Activity #16–1.

In Europe a woman was near death from a very special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctor thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to make. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman’s husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about $1,000, which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying, and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, “No, I discovered the drug and I’m going to make money from it.” So Heinz got desperate and broke into the man’s store to steal the drug for his wife. Should Heinz have done that? Why? (Colby et al., 1983, p.77).



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