Situation Ethics

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What two ethical approaches is situation ethics seen as the middle ground between?
Absolute and antinomian ethics
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What is agape love?
Unconditional Christian love
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What Bible quote shows the Christian concept of agape love?
“Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than this.” - Mark 12:31
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Name the four working principles of situation ethics.
Pragmatism, relativism, positivism and personalism.
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What is pragmatism?
What you propose must work in practice.
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What is relativism?
Rejection of words like "always", "never", "absolute"; no fixed rules, all decisions relative to agape.
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What is positivism?
Value judgments need to be made, giving first place to love
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What is personalism?
People in first place; morality personal + not centered on laws.
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Explain the fundamental principle of agape love
Only absolute; intrinsically right regardless of situation.
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Explain the fundamental principle of self-giving love
Seeks others' best interests whilst allowing freedom + responsibility to choose right action for themselves.
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Explain the fundamental principle of justice following from love
Love put into practice can only → justice; wants to give everyone their due.
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Explain the fundamental principle of love having no favourites
Good will reaches out to everyone, friend or enemy.
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Explain the fundamental principle of love being a final end, not a means to an end
People must choose to do something b/c action → love, not be loving to achieve another result.
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Explain the fundamental principle of the loving thing to do depending on the situation
Situations differ - action could be right in some circumstances and wrong in others.
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Give one strength of situation ethics.
Flexible, easy to understand, people take responsibility for own actions
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Give one weakness of situation ethics.
Can't determine consequences, condemned by Pope Pius as going agaisnt Church teaching
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