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This is an interesting exercise. Quite apart from the learning of an ethical theory, they learn to be reflective, or so it seems. I think this is quite important as many students, even quite strong students, are remarkably unreflective. They acquire "recipes" for finishing assignments in expedient ways. This exercise has them stop that pattern, and then think ...

talking lion

I've decided to give a similar assignment to my ethics students this fall, and wanted to report that they're excited about doing it--which is pretty unusual for an assignment. I think it appeals to me because as a non-ethicist I can myself feel a bit alienated from the material in ethics courses at times, and because ethical thought experiments (especially for deontology & consequentialism) are so detached from ordinary life.

Teaching online

I love this idea - thank you for spelling out the details here. I wonder if anyone has experience with assignments like this in an online class? Assuming this was done in an in-person setting (it may not have been!) what, if anything, would need to be different about an online version?

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