There surfaced among professors in some Catholic schools the so-called "situation ethics
." As Benedict XVI succinctly describes it: "In the end, it was chiefly the hypothesis that morality was to be exclusively determined by the purposes of human action that prevailed.
Joseph Fletcher argues that love requires justice because "Love is justice, justice is love." We need not follow all of Fletcher's "situation ethics
" to agree that "love is maximum justice and justice is optimum love." If this is true, the entailment runs in both directions; love requires justice, and justice requires love.
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
. For Ramsey there are moral rules and norms that come from the covenant and embody God's love for humanity.
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.
In addition to my rejection of the rationalists referenced in your first letter, I also reject the 'Situation Ethics
' of Joseph Fletcher--that construct of 1960s liberalism that argued for the need simply to do what's most loving.
Indeed, he speaks of "the priority of the ethical." 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." Its Catholic identity was less important than its worldly one.
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.