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What is an Ethical Dilemma?

Many situations can raise ethical concerns, particularly in the face of disagreement and conflict between parties. However, not all situations of an ethical nature result in values conflict or constitute an ethical dilemma. Explain the characteristics of an ethical dilemma. How do they differ from other situations resulting in disagreement between conflicting preferences, needs, or expectations?

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An ethical dilemma is a situation in which there is a conflict between two otherwise valid ethical concepts. For example, in the case of a young child who requires an emergency blood transfusion to save her life whose parents are opposed to the transfusion for religious reasons. The conflict arises between the parents' right to act ...