Joseph Fletcher's Situation Ethics


Joseph Fletcher

Joseph Flether was a moral theologian (1905-1991) who wrote about Situation Ethics in his book 'Situation Ethics: The New Morality'. A leading academic, Fletcher observed topics like abortion and cloning. He lived his life as a Priest, but later identified as a Humanist. He declared that there were three ways of making moral decisions.

Legalistic Ethics

This approach accepts the absolute nature of established, unbreakable, laws or principles. Fletcher rejected this theory because he believed it left people with a choking web of


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