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  1. Explain how a Hindu marriage service might guide a couple in their married life?

    The groom's family help him to make offerings of barley to the fire, and the guests and priest bless the couple with good wishes for a long happy marriage with children and grandchildren. These wedding rituals symbolises that in Hinduism, marriage is for life. The husband and wife have duties to perform towards one another, and have the support of the whole community. "Divorce is never the best way to solve problems with a marriage." Most traditional Hindus think that marriage is for life, once a couple is joined together in the wedding ceremony, they cannot be divorced, However most modern Hindus accepts that marriage does not always work, and divorce do happen.

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  2. Ethics Coursework

    Overall, we can see that Euthanasia is indeed compatible with the changes in our modern society but not with the traditional view of the sanctity of life which some Christians still hold. There are four main categories euthanasia can fall into; active, passive, voluntary and involuntary, all of which have the same concept but involve slightly different actions. Active euthanasia includes specified drugs given to the patient, effectively taking the explicit pain away. Active Euthanasia can be seen as more immoral than Passive, which allows a person to die by turning off a life support machine or ceasing to give them medicine.

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  3. With reference to abortion, examine and comment on the view that the sanctity of life should be regarded as a moral absolute

    And I use that term loosely, it is my own personnel opinion that a child is a child from the moment of conception, and it should be treated thusly, so I call the unborn "organism" a child. But the actual term for the unborn child is a matter of hot debate. Names ranging from embryo, to foetus, to organism to baby. It depends on your point of view. According to the bible, life is precious, and a gift from God.

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  4. "Medical research in the U.K. is being suffocated by excessive governance and ethical review".

    Thus in 1997 the advent of MREC (multicentre research ethics committees) took place. This meant that multicentre applications instead of being scrutinised by many LRECs, will be considered by one MREC.2 However one aspect of research MRECs failed to consider are local issues. This resulted in a research protocol being submitted to LRECs for consideration on the impact of the research in their local communities.8 The chief medical officer introduced "pertinent local issues" as a bid to clarify and decrease time delays in determining community considerations.4,9 This brought some light to standardising approval methods, although other problems remained.

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  5. Compare and contrast Plato and Aristotle on the acquisition of ethical understanding.

    Aristotle stood to be head of the Academy after Speusippus died but found himself to be an unpopular choice. In 335 BC he founded his own school, the Lyceum and began to make distinctions from Plato's work including the fact that philosophers should not be kings but advisers. Our interpretation of ethical understanding depends on the way that Aristotle and Plato choose to treat the issue and what their focus is.

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  6. Discuss whether moral judgments are subjective or objective

    Morality changes from era to era, person to person - an act can not be condemned as wrong as in some societies it may be considered correct. However objectivists believe in a universal right and wrong, all moral judgments have a truth-value - to state murder is wrong, would in accordance with objectivism be considered true. These moral facts stay the same throughout time - they never change, it will always be wrong to take another humans life, always wrong to steal from others.

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