Situation Ethic

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  • Created on: 02-05-14 21:23
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  • Situation Ethics
    • Main Features
      • Teleologica,
      • consequentialist
      • relativist
      • religious & agapeistic -
        • based on Mark 2- Jesus pickkng grain on sabbath
    • Joseph Fletcher
      • each situation is unique, no ethical standards that can consistently be applied in all situations
      • ethical theories should be flexible
      • "for situationists there are no rules"
    • agape love is the only guiding principle in morality- from golden rule
    • 4 Working Principles
      • pragmatism, relativism, positivism, personalism (praper porel)
    • 6 Fun
    • Proportionalism
      • Bernard Hoose- middle ground between SE & NML
      • we should have fixed moral rules that apply to all unless we have proportionate reason to break
    • rejects legalistic (law first) and antinomian (no law)
    • depending on situation, right thing is to act in most loving way
    • Strengths
      • shows Christians biblical laws are not entirely rigid
      • provides prop' reason to break ethical principles
      • flexible & adaptable - consequentialist, not tied to rules
      • fundamental principles define love, easy to put in action
      • allows us to consider greater good
    • Weaknesses
      • religious- will not appeal to all
      • idea of love is subjective
      • bad acts that bring loving consequences allowed
      • DETRIMENTAL- absolute love is still a law
      • consequentialist- have to predict future
      • RC- unconditional love polluted by humanity- stranger over child
      • BARC- Swayed by emotion or fear & Humans need law, subjective love dangerous
    • Robinson "man come of age"
    • 60's time shifting, people moving away from church


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