Three Ethical Systems Paper (WK2)
Rosalie R King
Ohio Christian University
ET 3000 Ethics
March 25, 2013
We all have ethics that we follow even if we do not realize that we are following them. They are applied in the decisions we make in are day to day life and even the choices we make for our future. For many their ethics and morals are things that they learn through their upbringing and their life experiences. Others also apply their faith to their already instilled ethics and morals. In the paragraphs below I will be defining unqualified absolutism, conflicting absolutism, and graded absolutism and give examples of different scenarios involving all three ethical ...view middle of the document...
I know people of strong faith that tell a little white lie in order to protect others. This is one ethical system that I personal do not agree with.
The system of conflicting absolutism states that moral laws cannot be avoided. It tells us that it maintains all moral absolutes and that there are no exceptions made (K, 2011). I find this to be untrue because I know that God has the power to change thing and he will always provide us a way out of situations. This ethical system basically tells us that it is our moral duty to choose the path of lesser evil. Most of our society is evil ultimate we live in an evil world and because of this conflict exists ("Three forms of,").
Under this ethical system if it came to lying to save someone’s life or tell the truth and have them die a person who uses this ethical way of think would make the choice to lie and save that person’s life because lying is doing the lesser evil. To me in this situation if I tell the truth and someone dies because of my decision then to me I had a part in killing them and that is worse than the lie I would have told in order to save their life. Under this system it is believe that we will be forgiven for choosing the less evil path. To me this ethical system is one that many people use when making the ethical decisions even though we all know that it is wrong to lie most people would never want to see anyone die.
Finally we come to graded absolutism the text book defines it as the belief that when there are two or more universal ethical norms they will have unavoidable conflict and it is our duty to follow the higher one (Geisler, 2010). This system states that we are responsible and we have the power to make the decision to do what is for the greater good. Under this system it states that if you would lie it would be over looked if it was done for the greater good (K, 2011). Basically it is telling us that there are laws that are considered more important than some others and it is our duty to follow the higher law ("Three forms of,").
This systems is pretty straight forward by telling us that if we choose to do the greater good even though it mean we must make the decision break a law that is less important or is not as sinful, but instead of having to ask for forgiveness under this system it is completely looked over because you made the decision to abide by the high moral law. Basically this is telling us that it is okay to break small laws if it helps to follower a bigger law an example of this that I can think of is a cop that is undercover and the whole time he is lying, but it is okay because he is lying to catch those who are breaking both moral laws and manmade laws.
With these three ethical system as well as the ethical systems from last week all can be compared by looking at the topic of lying and this is only because lying is one thing that most all of us do or have done at one time or another. All of the ethical...