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Relevancy of Ethical Decision-Making Processes

Is the ethical decision-making process relevant to every situation? Why or why not?

Which step(s) in the ethical decision-making process is the most important? Which step(s) may present most difficulties? Why?

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Is the ethical decision-making process relevant to every situation? Why or why not?

The ethical decision-making process is NOT relevant to every situation. This is true because not every situation, decision or event is ethical in nature. In order for the ethical decision-making process to be relevant there must be a moral or ethical standard at stake. For example, choosing which restaurant I want to eat at for lunch is not, in itself, an ethical decision. The same could be said for which college I choose to attend, what to wear to the party, which car I should buy and so on.

The ethical decision-making process IS relevant to any situation in which ethical or moral values, consequences or standards are present. Honesty, faithfulness, integrity, self-control and courage are all moral qualities, and any situation where they are at stake is ethical/moral in nature and the ethical decision-making process should be applied.
Which step(s) in the ethical decision-making process is the most important? Which step(s) may present most difficulties? Why?

The most important step in the ethical decision-making process is to clearly understand the ethical perspective you are using and also understanding ...

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This post examines the process of making ethical choices. Which step is most important? Are there some situations outside of ethical decision making? Over 800 words of original text based on 15 years of educational experience.

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