Strengths and Weaknesses of Situation Ethics

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Strengths and Weaknesses of Situation Ethics

Advantages

  • Easy to understand - can be constantly updated for new problems/issues, e.g genetic engineering
  • Flexible - takes different situations into account, but based on Christian concept of agape love.
  • Focuses on human concern for others
  • Allows people to take responsibility for own actions, make up own minds about what's right/wrong

Disadvantages

  • Condemned by Pope Pius XII- wrong to make decisions based on individual circumstances if they went against Church teaching
  • Impossible to determine consequences of actions - most loving result = unknown

Evaluation

Situation ethics is seen as a kinder and more flexible theory than its more absolute counterparts - however, it has received criticism from religious leaders for its disregard of traditional Christian faith

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