Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published09/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , BUSINESS ethics , education , PHILOSOPHY
AbstractWhen Kanesenis, a philosophy instructor found herself without teaching work one semester, she turned to the website as a way to help make ends meet. Fiverr is a micro-employment website where people like Kansenis offer to provide services, called gigs, for five dollars. Kanesenis offers to answer questions about Western philosophy. Customers submit a question, pay five dollars, and receive an answer between 100-400 words. When asked about the possibility of students abusing her services, she writes, "[t]o be fair, I think that we have to look at this not from a sanctimonious eye per se, but from the situations which have given rise to this. The main concern that students mention is that Philosophy is not part of their major, has nothing to do with their job and is useless to them." Millennials seem to be more pragmatic and are looking for more of a vocational education overall. The idea of a ‘liberal education’ where writing and critical thinking are emphasized is not esteemed. To the contrary, it is seen as an obstacle to moving on with their lives.”
NotesCase from the 2013 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
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