Topic – part of the case studies on Ethics.
7) Lawrence Kohlberg was interested in one of the stickier areas of the human mind – morality. As a psychologist, he wanted to know how morality developed over time. To do this he made up a now-famous thought experiment and posed it to children, young adults, and adults.
The Heinz Dilemma
Heinz’s wife is dying. There is a medicine that can cure her, but it costs $2000, and Heinz only has $1000. That covers the costs of the pharmacist who makes the medicine, but the pharmacist insists that he discovered the cure, and will charge what he wants for it. Should Heinz steal the medicine, or shouldn’t he?
Discuss the various options available to Heinz and the moral and ethical questions raised by those options. (250 words)
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- Highlight the possible solutions available here- requesting the chemist for a concession or allow to be paid later; collect money from family, friends etc; steal the drug; do nothing and wait for fate to take its toll.
Discuss all the possible solutions and the ethical and moral problems involved in choosing any one of them. Take the help of the article attached to the question as well as other related study material to frame your answer.