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Explain What Is Meant By Situation Ethics.

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Explain What Is Meant By Situation Ethics. Religion has for a long time been a source of moral rules for many people. Probably the most famous set of rules is the 10 Commandments. An alternative view of moral rules is known as Situation Ethics. Situation ethics is an idea that was first developed by Joseph Fletcher. What Fletcher attempted to do was to create a compromise between having too many rules and no rules at all. Fletcher rejected the idea that everyone should follow a whole series of rules. Instead of a whole number of rules, Fletcher suggested that there is only one rule that everyone should follow. This rule is about love and was called 'the law of love'. ...read more.

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As the name situation ethics suggests, for Fletcher, it is the situation that is important for determining what should be done. There is therefore, no way of knowing beforehand what is right and wrong because each situation is different and particular circumstances will have to be taken into account. All anyone should do in any situation is to determine what the most loving course of action would be. Fletcher used the example of a woman in a prison camp that became pregnant in order to be released, therefore it may have been the right thing to do, as she wanted to see her family who loved her and missed her. Fletcher argued that the two extremes of antinomianism and legalism cannot work, ant that he only truly capable ethical standard is the middle course of love. ...read more.

Conclusion

If ethics can be reduced to one moral rule, which Fletcher believes it can, then this rule must be very general. The rule must be able to cover every eventuality. Another criticism is what about God? The traditional Christian view is whatever God does is love and essentially humans should try to follow this. However, Fletcher goes against this idea because, for Fletcher, it is the situation that determines what love is. In conclusion I think that Situation Ethics is too general a rule to follow. I think that it would be very hard to follow just one rule that is 'To do the most loving thing'. In a situation there may be three consequences and possible out comes, two out of those out comes may be the most loving thing to do, What do you do then. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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