Sitatuion Ethics

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  • SITUATION ETHICS
    • Teleological-concerned with purpose and consequence of action
      • It is altruistic-purpose not passion
  • The main decision making process for a Christian is love-"wills the neighbour good"-desires the best for our neighbour
    • conscience is a key feature of Fletchers situationism-he considered that conscience is something we do-not something we have-it is a form of guidance before the decision is made
  • Fletcher developed FOUR WORKING PRINCIPLES that he aimed to fulfil in his theory:
    • 1.PRAGMATISM- HAS TO WORK IN DAILY LIFE
      • 2. RELATIVISM-SHOULD BE NO FIXED RULE
        • 3. POSITIVISM-MUST PUT FAITH BEFORE REASONING
          • 4.PERSONALISM-PEOPLE SHOULD BE AT CENTRE OF THEORY
  • FLETCHER DEVELOPED SIX FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES THAT UNDERLIE SITUATION ETHICS:
    • 1. LOVE IS THE ONLY ABSOLUTE
      • 2.CHRISTIAN DECISION MAKING IS BASED ON LOVE
        • 3. JUSTICE IS LOVE DISTRIBUTED
          • 4. LOVE WANTS THE GOOD FOR ANYONE
            • 5. ONLY THE LOVE JUSTSIFIES THE MEANS
              • 6. LOVE IS ACTED OUT SITUATIONLY NOT PRESCRIPTIVELY
  • 2.CHRISTIAN DECISION MAKING IS BASED ON LOVE
    • 3. JUSTICE IS LOVE DISTRIBUTED
      • 4. LOVE WANTS THE GOOD FOR ANYONE
        • 5. ONLY THE LOVE JUSTSIFIES THE MEANS
          • 6. LOVE IS ACTED OUT SITUATIONLY NOT PRESCRIPTIVELY

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