Situation Ethics: Key Features

Outline of  the key features of Situation Ethics

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  • Situation Ethics
    • Joseph Fletcher wrote about Situation Ethics in 1966
      • The 1960s was an era that embraced peace and love. Slogans such as "make love not war" were very prominent
      • Fletcher believed that ethical theories should be flexible
        • People should enter situations prepared to act in the most loving way
        • Fletcher's defintion of love is based on agape love: God's unconditional love for humanity
    • The Six Fundamental Principles (used to convey the importance of love)
      • Love is intrinsically good
      • The ruling norm of Christian decision is love
      • Love wills the neighbors good
      • Love and Justice are the same, for love is justice distributed
      • Love's decisions are made situationally
      • The end result justifies the means
    • The Four Working Principles by Vardy and Grosch
      • Pragmatism: an action done out of love must be practical
      • Relativism: there are no absolutes as decisions are made situationally
      • Positivism: decisions should be made using love as the most important consideration
      • Personalism: People should always be put first


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