Situation Ethics: The New Morality

Situation Ethics The New Morality Igniting a firestorm of controversy upon its publication in Joseph Fletcher s Situation Ethics was hailed by many as a much needed reformation of morality and as an invitation to anarchy by othe

  • Title: Situation Ethics: The New Morality
  • Author: Joseph F. Fletcher James F. Childress
  • ISBN: 9780664257613
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Igniting a firestorm of controversy upon its publication in 1966, Joseph Fletcher s Situation Ethics was hailed by many as a much needed reformation of morality and as an invitation to anarchy by others Proposing an ethic of loving concern, Fletcher suggests that certain acts such as lying, premarital sex, adultery, and killing may be morally right, depending onIgniting a firestorm of controversy upon its publication in 1966, Joseph Fletcher s Situation Ethics was hailed by many as a much needed reformation of morality and as an invitation to anarchy by others Proposing an ethic of loving concern, Fletcher suggests that certain acts such as lying, premarital sex, adultery, and killing may be morally right, depending on the circumstances Hotly debated on television, in magazines and newspapers, in churches, and in the classroom, Fletcher s provocative thesis remains a powerful force in contemporary discussions of morality.

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    1. Did I love this book, no. Did I agree with his ideas, no. But I think everyone should read this book atleast once in their life. It tickles your brain and opens a flood gate of important questions to ask and discuss.

    2. This book is hilarious! If that doesn't justify reading it, what does? The answer is, obviously, nothing!So so funny. I love 1960's strident.

    3. You can summarize Fletcher's ethic as "Claim love, and then you can use it to fornicate and stuff."Even though this book is bad, it isn't completely bad. The beginning of the book is fairly well-written. I will do my best to outline Fletcher's position but I will follow with an extended critique.While Fletcher's ethics is formally empty, he does explain it (sort of). Situationism: the mean between legalism and antinomianism (Fletcher 26). It has an absolute “norm” (love) and a calculating me [...]

    4. Despite the foundation of Christianity and altruism on which Fletcher rests, there was very little about situation ethics (the concept, as differentiated from the book) that I found disagreeable. It calls on every man to make his own moral choices, using full context and the fullest extent of his rational capabilities in every situation, and then to take full responsibility for those choices. It flatly rejects categorical morality, or "legalism" (HERE HRERE!!) and attacks head on the old axiom t [...]

    5. 0.5 stars [Ethics]Fletcher is thoroughly informed on the epistemological, ontological and ethical topics that he covers in Situation Ethics. He is also dead wrong. This book reminds me of a line, if you will forgive the crossing of genres, in the popular Harry Potter series: "Brilliant, Snape - once again you've put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and as usual come to the wrong conclusion." This book is a case in that point.One of the other two reviewers [on a now-defunct cataloger] s [...]

    6. Despite the fact that I have some situation ethics in the way I understand morality, I found this book very deceptive. Fletcher's attempt at articulating the grand Christian ethic, falls short both in grandeur and Christianity. His ability to navigate the scriptures to present a "it all comes down to the law of love" demonstrates considerable time spent in study. Yet to come away with only a theology of "neighbor love", without the acknowledging the greater theology of loving the Lord first and [...]

    7. A landmark book whose influence will outlast the lifetime of its juvenile detractors. It is a balanced and reflective consideration of ethical issues centuries in the making. It is by no means perfect, but it is useful, if for no other reason, as an antidote against Christian excesses. The same ethical rigidity assails us today in Moslem garb. The world is poised for a giant leap backward into the sixteenth century.

    8. The book is 40 years old. Its day has passed. Argues that there are no absolute moral laws, except the law to "love God through your neighbor." All laws are contingent upon the circumstances. Basically advocates Christian utilitarianism; so that, the law of love demands that we do what accomplishes the most good for the most people. There are some concepts worth mulling over, but for the most part pretty thin.

    9. It is a book that tries to make it easier for humans to make logical choices based on the conditions they find themselves at that time. It's enticing but in the long run, it promotes more harm than good.

    10. An interesting perspective but 'finished' halfway through and it get rather partitive after the 4 working principles. Can be summed up in to one word: agape

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