Situation Ethics

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Consequentialist Theory
View that morality is all about producing the kinds of overall consequences.
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Situation Ethics
Method of ethical decision making, states that we must consider 'agape love' in decision making. Also claims that making a moral decision is only correct if it's the most loving thing to do.
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Quote
'Morality of an action depends on the situation.'
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Agape Love
A type of love that Jesus mentioned in the Bible. This type of love isn't just an emotion, but involves doing what is best for the other person, unconditionally.
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Joseph Fletcher
Fletcher was against the war in Vietnam, he was opposed to the war and wanted to re-establish what he considered being the most important aspect of Christ morality - the law of love.
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3 different ways in making moral decisions:
1. LEGALISTIC ETHICS - set of morals and regulations for ever situation. Religion has a set of rules, for example when a child is christened, the parents & god parents have to sign a document promising to treat the new born with care.
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2. ANTINOMIAN ETHICS
Opposite Legalistic ethics- against the law, people enter each moral decisionas if it was unique. Belief that when they make a decision, it's based on 'instinct'. Fletcher criticised as this approach was 'unprincipled'.
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3. SITUATION ETHICS
Fletcher appreciates both approaches but yet believes they are extremes. Situation ethics is only based on one concept - to do the most loving thing. This concept is relevant to everyone and everywhere.
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Method of ethical decision making, states that we must consider 'agape love' in decision making. Also claims that making a moral decision is only correct if it's the most loving thing to do.

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Situation Ethics

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'Morality of an action depends on the situation.'

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A type of love that Jesus mentioned in the Bible. This type of love isn't just an emotion, but involves doing what is best for the other person, unconditionally.

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Fletcher was against the war in Vietnam, he was opposed to the war and wanted to re-establish what he considered being the most important aspect of Christ morality - the law of love.

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