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DILEMMAS

Kohlberg’s Dilemmas

Dilemma I

  1. Should Joe refuse to give his father the money?
  2. Does the father have the right to tell Joe to give him the money?
  3. Does giving the money have anything to do with being a good son?
  4. Is the fact that Joe earned the money himself important in this situation?
  5. The father promised Joe he could go to camp if he earned the money. Is the fact that the father promised the most important thing in the situation?
  6. In general, why should a promise be kept?
  7. Is it important to keep a promise to someone you don’t know well and probably won’t see again?
  8. What do you think is the most important thing a father should be concerned about in his relationship to his son?
  9. In general, what should be the authority of a father over his son?
  10. What do you think is the most important thing a son should be concerned about in his relationship to his father?
  11. In thinking back over the dilemma, what would you say is the most responsible thing for Joe to do in this situation?

Dilemma II

  1. Should Louise, the older sister, tell their mother that Judy lied about the money or should she keep quiet?
  2. In wondering whether to tell, Louise thinks of the fact that Judy is her sister. Should that make a difference in Louise’s decision?
  3. Does telling have anything to do with being a good daughter?
  4. Is the fact that Judy earned the money herself important in this situation?
  5. The mother promised Judy she could go to the concert if she earned the money. Is the fact that the mother promised the most important thing in the situation?  
  6. Why in general should a promise be kept?
  7. Is it important to keep a promise to someone you don’t know well and probably won’t see again?
  8. What do you think is the most important thing a mother should be concerned about in her relationship to her daughter?
  9. In general, what should be the authority of a mother over her daughter?
  10. What do you think is the most important thing a daughter should be concerned about in her relationship to her mother?
  11. In thinking back over the dilemma, what would you say is the most responsible thing for Louise to do in this situation?

Dilemma III

  1. Which is worse, stealing like Karl or cheating like Bob?
  2. What do you think is the worst thing about cheating the old man?
  3. In general, why should a promise be kept?
  4. Is it important to keep a promise to someone you don’t know well or will never see again?
  5. Why shouldn’t someone steal from a shop?
  6. Should people do everything they can to obey the law?
  7. Was the old man being irresponsible by lending Bob the money?