Situational ethics

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  • Situational Ethics
    • John Fletcher
      • Argues that agapé is the only guiding principle in morality
      • Rules can help us but should and cannot tell us what to do morally as they have no moral standing or reasoning—they’re just rules.
    •   This is taken from the golden rule in Christianity (love your neighbour as yourself). Agapé is different from other forms of love such as eros and filia: it is unconditional.
    • Ethics should be situational: based on the situation itself and what it requires at the time.
    •  4 working principles: pragmatism, relativism, positivism, personalism. 
      • Personalism: People must always be put first and are more sacred then rules. The command is to love people and not laws or principles.
      • Positvism:Christians have to freely choose to have faith in God as love and therefore they have to give first place to love, you cannot reason the need to love you just have to make the positive choice to want to do good
      • Relativism: Love should be applied in a way that is relative to each individual situation. He wrote: 'The situationist avoids words such as "never", "perfect", "always" and "complete" as he avoids the plague, as he avoids "absolutely"
      • Pragmantism: The proposed course of action must be practical, and must work towards the end which is love. He wrote: 'All are agreed:the good is what works, what is expedient, what gives satisfaction.


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