Situation Ethics

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Describe situation ethics using three key terms.

  • Consequetialist
  • Teleological
  • Relativist
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Who coined situation ethics? In which year?

Joseph Fletcher, 1966

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What is the main priciple of all decision making?

Agape love

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What is the legalistic approach? Why does Fletcher

  • A set of absolute rules abided by in every situation.
  • For Christiainty this is the ten commandments.
  • Fletcher rejects this because it puts principles above people.
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What is the Antinomian approach? Why does Fletcher

  • Direct opposite to the legalistic approach.
  • No fixed rules.
  • Fletcher rejects this for fear of a chaotic society in which there is no morality.
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What is the Situational Approach

  • What's right in one situation may be wrong in another.
  • You can never know in advance of a situation what you must do.
  • Love is the only ansolute.
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Name and breifly define the four working principle

  • 1. Pragmatism- it must work.
  • 2. Personalism- it must centre around people.
  • 3. Positivism- assumes christiainty. Posotive command to act with love, rather NOT to kill etc.
  • 4. Relativism- morality is dependent on situation and consequence.
  • PPPR
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Name the six fundamental principles of situation e

  • 1. Nothing is intrinsically good except agape love.
  • 2. The ruling norm of Christian decision making is love.
  • 3. Love and justic are the same.
  • 4. Love wills you neighbour good always.
  • 5. Only the end justifies the means.
  • 6. Love's decisions are made situationally, not prescriptively.
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Name four strengths of Situation Ethics.

  • 1. It's flexible
  • 2. Love is generally seen as a good principle to base decisions on.
  • 3. It values individual human life and includes everyone.
  • 4. It's easy to apply.
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Name four weaknesses of situation ehtics.

  • 1. Impractaical- can you really love your enemies?
  • 2. Following God might be more important than agape love- ten commandments.
  • 3. Non-christians would oppose it.
  • 4. Ten rules replace ten commandments- where is the improvement?
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