Ethics module: Teleological ethics: situation ethics


1. what is Antinomianism? and why did fletcher reject this?

  • decisions are made in the spur of the moment. he rejected this as people would become amoral and society would become chaotic
  • a thing within you. he viewed it as a process in which you make decisionswhat
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2. what was the middle ground?

  • Fletcher, wanting to stay away from the extremes of legalism and antinomianism, he conclude that his theory would cosnsit of a single guiding principle which would generally point the individual in the right direction.
  • focused on guiding principles which would generally guide the indivdual in the right direction.

3. personalism

  • the idea that people are more important than rules. for instance in the case of the conjoined twins.
  • through faith, we can gain a personal connection with god since he gave us agape.

4. what is positivism?

  • through faith we must accept that the boss principle of agape comes from god.
  • being realistic with any predicted consequences. if the predicted consequences are unrealistic, this would make the whole situation bad. i.e raising money for charity and then gambling it in hopes of making more.
  • the idea that people are important than rules.

5. what is legalism? and why did fletcher reject this?

  • lots of rules tat help an indivdual make decisisons. he rejected this because he argued that it prevented people from thinking for themselves and that some rules dont fit in with everyday situations
  • decisions are made in the spur of the moment. this would cause issues with morality and legality since your not able to think things through.


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