Intro to Ethical Theory

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Introduction to Ethical Theory
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Ethics Ethics is the study of moral values. Moral values expectations, emanating from our inner convictions, about beliefs and behaviors against which we judge ourselves and others; provide the framework for guiding us toward what we ought to do. Ethics is about analyzing our values in seeking a decision on how to act.
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Decisions Types of decisions – “pragmatic” – “ethical” or “moral” We consider a decision to have a moral or ethical dimension if there is potential that another being can be damaged as a consequence of the decision. Moral reasoning decisions based on moral values regarding what we “ought to do”
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Rest’s Four Component Model of Morality Four psychological processes that are consistent with behaving morally (Moral reasoning in scientific research, Bebeau et al., 1995) Moral sensitivity Individual faced with a situation makes interpretations concerning what actions are possible, who would be affected by these actions, and how these actions would be regarded by the affected parties
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