Situation Ethics

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  • Situation Ethics
    • Three approaches
      • Legalistic
        • Based on fixed laws.
      • Antinomian
        • Having no laws at all.
      • Situational
        • Looking at what is the most loving in a moral problem.
          • Fletcher thought this provided the best middle path.
    • Four working principles
      • Pragmatism: acting, in moral situations, in a way that is practical, rather than purely ideological.
      • Relativism: there are no universal norms/rules: each situation has to be looked at independently
      • Personalism: people matter more than laws. The needs of people should be considered when moral actions are taken.
      • Conscience: the use of reason in making loving moral decisions.
      • 'rules of thumbs'
    • Six Propositions
      • 1. Love is always good
      • 2. Love is the only norm (rule)
      • 3. Love and justice are the same
      • 4. Love is not liking
      • 5. Love justifies the means
      • 6. Love decides there and then
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