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Situation Ethics

A summary of the moral decision making theory of Situation Ethics:

Situation Ethics can be described as a `theory of love,' for it holds that, in a moral dilemma,
the course of action that is morally right is the one which is the…

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Key Books in relation to Situation Ethics:

Title: Date: Author:
Honest to God 1963 Bishop John A T Robinson
Situation Ethics, the New Morality 1966 Reverend Joseph Fletcher (1905-1991)
Ethics in a Permissive Society 1980 William Barclay
Ethics in a Christian Context 1963 Paul Lehmann…

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The Four Presumptions:

The four presumptions (also known as the four `working principles') can be regarded as the
four foundational blocks of the theory of Situation Ethics. Without these, the ethical theory would not
be able to function.

Pragmatism

Any ethical theory must be practical.…

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3. "Love and justice are the same, for justice is love distributed, nothing else."





4. "Love wills the neighbour's good, whether we like him or not."





5. "Only the end justifies the means, nothing else."





6. "Love's decisions are made situationally, not prescriptively."


A few…

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oAsked for a hysterectomy (removal of the womb) to be performed on her daughter
in order to prevent Katie from suffering the inconveniences and pain of menstruation
o "For my daughter this, I think, is the right decision and a decision that we have
thought…

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The opposing views of Bishop John A T Robinson and William Barclay:

Bishop John A T Robinson (1963): William Barclay (1980):
Jesus' teachings as in the Bible are not Situation Ethics is wrong in saying that
binding laws, they are just accounts of nothing is…

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