situation ethics


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situation ethics

n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A system of ethics that evaluates acts in light of their situational context rather than by the application of moral absolutes.

sit′ua′tion eth′ics


n.
a form of ethics according to which moral problems cannot be solved without reference to the contexts in which they arise.
Also called situa′tional eth′ics.
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In situation ethics the particular circumstances of a situation provide the criteria for determining right and wrong.
For instance, flexibility over the embryo or abortion may be viewed as equivalent to the situation ethics of Joseph Fletcher with its flexible, case-by-case approach.
begins by showing Ramsey's rejection of situation ethics.
A variation on that theme is called Situation Ethics, in which the morality of an action is determined by the unique circumstances surrounding that action.
This essay considers three areas related to ethics in which Berkovits's thought exhibits certain tensions: his critique of science, his critique of situation ethics, and his'explanation of ritual.
It briefly addresses pluralism and relativism in ethics, situation ethics, conventionalism, scientism, emotivism, utilitarianism, Kantianism, Nietzscheanism, and the "threat-safeguard" approach.
Trinity was liberal in the 1960s, teaching situation ethics and moral relativism and bringing in dissenters to give "retreats.
And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing it.
Editor Christensen (School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, San Diego State University) presents a framework for ethical decision making, based on a situation ethics approach, for making decisions regarding the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
It is important to understand that here again were the same situation ethics which had lately become the moral code of the Established Church.
Himes insists this is not some new kind of situation ethics but one based on principles deep in Catholic tradition.
to permit such dissent will in the end produce more defecting priests, laity to support them, contempt for the Church, contempt for authority, situation ethics, proud subjectivism, and a marxist-like existentialism.
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