AS Religious Studies: Ethics - Situation Ethics

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The Four Working Principles

1) Pragmatism - It has to be practical, It must work. For example Conjoined twins, That would die if not separated but one would die if they were separated. Fletcher would have said it would be more practical to save one. 

2) Relativism - Means that the rules don't always apply, they depend on the situation, Rules like "do not steal" if love demand that you steal for the hungry then you steal. It doesn't mean anything goes. But do what the situation demands.

3) Positivism - Based on reason, need to start with a positive choice you need to want to do good. There is no rational answer to the question "why should i love?"

4) Personalism - Puts people first, people are more important than rules.

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Six Fundamental Principles

1) Only love is good - intrinsically valuable 

2) Love is the only rule - love replaces the law

3) Love is justice -There can be no love without justice

4) Love is not liking - not sentimental

5) Love justifies the means - If good comes out of the action then its good

6) Love decides there and then - Depends on the situation

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