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Ch 25&34 - WHAT CONSTITUTE A MORAL CONFLICT? A...

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Unformatted text preview: WHAT CONSTITUTE A MORAL CONFLICT? A moral conflict is one in which groups in conflict have incommensurate moral orders a moral order is theory by which a group understands it experience and makes judgment about proper and improper actions (Pearce and Littlejohn). Moral conflict generally are interminable, morally attenuated, and rhetorically attenuated. 1. Interminable- having no endpoint or resolution. 2. Morally attenuated- the tendency of those who engage in conflict to become just what they are fighting. 3. Rhetorically attenuate- the tendency of groups in conflict to speak of the other group's moral order. Moral conflict can be defined, framed, and resolved. Moral dilemma, does not necessarily have a clear resolution. It needs to be managed rather than resolved. THEORIES FOR ANALYZING MORAL CONFLICT 1. Intractable conflict- conflicts that goes on for a long time, not able resolve. 2. Social construction- suggests that we create social meaning in the context of relationships. 3. Communication approach to social construction, suggesting that we create and perpetuate meaning in our communication processes, the ongoing back and forth of social discourse and communication event. Moral conflict from a social constructionist perspective, is a consequence of what and how meaning is created in relationship, whatever the outcome. Sometimes analyzing conflicts are blurry. It becomes clearer when we understand the conflict and other perspective. ENGAGING THE OTHER SIDE Buber "experiencing the other side," a quality of being in relationship by being open to the beliefs of the other side while staying true to one's belief. Not acknowledging the existence of other ways of seeing the world as portrayed by the other's stories, they missed opportunities to discover common ground. WORKING WITH MORAL CONFLICT Three foundational concepts in CMM helps us understand moral conflicts and types of dilemmas it presents. 1. Coherence- refers to how people interpret their environment and their experience 2. Coordination- what we do in relationship with others to create SHARED MEANING. 3. Mystery- reflects the infinite possibilities of what can be. * Terri Schiavo was a young woman who went into a coma because of a potassium deficit linked to an eating disorder. She remained on life support for close to 15 years, after which her husband and parents were at odds as to whether to remove her feeding tubes. Her husband was in favor of removing the tubes and allowing Terri to die with dignity. He agreed with medical professionals who determined that she had sustained brain damage, was in a vegetative state, and was not capable of recognizing them or having the quality of life she...
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