Situation Ethics

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  • Situation Ethics
    • Agape
      • Based on Jesus showing unconditional loveto others. We should follow this principle.
        • Developed by Joseph Fletcher: ‘The idea thatpeople should base moral decisions on what is themost loving thing to do.’
    • The six propositions
      • Love wills the neighbours good, whether we like them or not.
      • Justice and love are the same thing
      • Love justifies the means.
      • There is one rule- this is love.
      • Love decides there and then.
      • There is only one intrinsic good - this is love.
    • The four working principles
      • 4. Personalism - People come first, not rules or ideals.
      • 3. Positivism - you must always start with a positive intention.
      • 2. relativism- Rules don’t always apply. E.g stealing to save your family that you love.
      • 1. Pragmatism - It must work or be practical.
    • Conscience
      • There is no conscience; “conscience” is merely a word for our attempts to make decisions creatively, constructively, fittingly. (Joseph Fletcher)
      • It is a verb not a noun; a term that describes attempts to make decisions creatively.
      • Conscience is how we make moral decisions
        • It is something that you DO. Not a thing.


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