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Stephen Downes

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The question here, I think, is whether the posing of moral dilemmas teach us something new, or reveal what we already know (or believe). Most readers will be familiar with Philippa Foot's trolley problem, where we must chose between acting to kill one person, or doing nothing to allow five to die. It could be argued that the dilemma simply tells us whether or not we we are consequentialists (that is, we judge the ethics of an action by its consequences). I read this and wonder whether this is a question that could be asked of pedagogical approaches in general. Does role play, for example, teach us, or does it merely reveal who we are?

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