Guide to Moral Decision Making

Thinking Critically About Ethical Issues

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A Guide to Moral Decision Making Chris MacDonald, Ph.D. Revised March 15, 2002 This guide is intended only as an aid. It is not a formula, and it does not guarantee good decisions. The order of the steps is not crucial, and may vary from one situation to the next. A. Recognizing the Moral Dimension The first step is recognizing the decision as one that has moral importance. Important clues include conflicts between two or more values or ideals. B. Who Are the Interested Parties? What are their Relationships? Carefully identify who has a stake in the decision. In this regard, be imaginative and sympathetic. Often there are more parties whose interests should be taken into consideration than is immediately obvious. Look at the relationships between the parties. Look at their relationships with yourself and with each other, and with relevant institutions. C. What Values are Involved? Think through the shared values that are at stake in making this decision. Is there a question of trust ? Is personal
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