Reasoning About Ethics

I have just finished the exercise of Reasoning About Ethics where I had two scenarios. In the first one, I had to choose whether abortion was legal or illegal according to each ethical reasoning approach. In the second one, I was a woman who had to decide whether to get an abortion according to each ethical reasoning approach.

This exercise revealed to me that while making a decision in real life one does not go through each ethical reasoning approach. Usually, while making individual decisions the only approach that is considered is the self-interest approach. On the other hand, if it is a decision made by a politician they should use the utilitarian or common-good approach(theoretically). By being forced to think about different approaches than the one I would’ve normally used, it allowed me to question how each case could’ve been applied to each situation. Questioning made me realize that there were many different ways of applying ethical reasoning approaches to each situation.

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