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The First Proposition: “Only one ‘thing’ is intrinsically good; namely, love: nothing else at all.” (Joseph Fletcher)
What gives something its value? Why do we deem something to be Good? This has been a much debated topic in moral theory throughout the years. In terms of Christian ethics, the problem can be expressed in the...
The heart of this explanation of situation ethics lies in its six propositions… But there are a few preliminary matters to be made plain first, in the reader’s interest, so he can know what presuppositions are at work. (Joseph Fletcher)
There are four working principles underpinning Fletcher’s Situation Ethics. These are:
The good... like the true, is...
At bottom there are only three alternative routes or approaches to follow in making moral decisions: (1) the legalistic; (2) the antinomian… and (3) the situational. All three have played their part in Western morals, legalism being by far the common and most persistent. (Joseph Fletcher)
Fletcher begins “Situation Ethics” with a review of what he...
The reader will find a method here, but no system. It is a method of “situational” or “contextual” decision-making, but system building has no part in it. (Joseph Fletcher)
There are times when a man has to push his principles aside and do the right thing. (Joseph Fletcher)
What is Situation Ethics?
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Hampton's Group Leader and "The Handbook for Working at the Super Red Store" represent two sources of moral authority. Can you give examples of what these are?
Can you give examples of how these two sources of moral authority have led people to do things that are considered bad, or morally dubious?
Explain why these things were...