Situation Ethics

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What are the four types of love?
Agape, Storge, Philia, Eros
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What is conscience in Fletcher's eyes?
"Conscience as a function, not a faculty"
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What are the four presumptions?
Pragmatism, Relativism, Positivism, Personalism
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What is Pragmatism?
The most practical thing. What will work in the situation.
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What is Relativism?
There is no absolute principle. Love is the only absolute.
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What is Positivism?
Statements of faith. Faith comes first.
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What is Personalism?
People come first before principles.What
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1. Only love is intrinsically good.
"Only love is objectively valid, only love is universal"
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2. The ruling norm of Christians decisions in Love.
Whatever you do it must be made from love.
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3. Love wills the neighbour good whether we like him or not.
Love your neighbour. Treat everyone equally- friend or not.
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4. Love and justice are the same.
If you give love then justice will always follow.
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5. Only the ends justify the means.
The end outcome is the most important which must be love.
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6. Love's decisions are made situationally, not prescriptively.
There are not pre-written. You must decide what to do as each situation comes.
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Strength of Situation Ethics- 1
Flexible and practical for each individual situation.
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Strength of Situation Ethics- 2
Enables a emotional and rational response to the situation
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Strength of Situation Ethics- 3
Based on love which is a key feature to all moral systems.
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Strength of Situation Ethics- 4
Its mutualistic (for everyone) so its easy to live by and understand.
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Weakness of Situation Ethics- 1
Its individualistic- everyone sees it in their own perspective. One persons decision differs from the next.
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Weakness of Situation Ethics- 2
Can justify actions that would usually be regarded as wrong.
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Weakness of Situation Ethics- 3
Even though its a middle way, love is still a law.
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Weakness of Situation Ethics-4
Subjective- it is not easy to determine all the consequences of an action and so is it the most loving thing to do?
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