Situation Ethics: The New Morality

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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 on the circumstances. Hotly debated on television, in magazines and newspapers, in churches, and in the classroom, Fletcher's provocative thesis ...
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Overview

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 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664246914
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1966
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.93 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Fletcher taught at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was the author of many books, including Morals and Medicine and The Ethics of Genetic Control: Ending Reproductive Roulette.

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Table of Contents

General Editors' Introduction
Introduction 1
Foreword 11
I Three Approaches 17
II Some Presuppositions 40
III Love Only Is Always Good 57
IV Love Is the Only Norm 69
V Love and Justice Are the Same 87
VI Love Is Not Liking 103
VII Love Justifies Its Means 120
VIII Love Decides There and Then 134
IX Postscriptum: Why? 146
X An Appendix: Two Other Corruptions and Four Cases 160
Index 169
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