Finally, there is Natural Law ethic, which is, by far, superior to the other ethical theories. This is the only objective, unchanging and time-tested ethical theory. It is a rules-based approach to life's problems. In this philosophy, rules guide action in an attempt to curb the inherent sinful tendencies of man. The laws or rules themselves are rooted in divine and natural law existing in and established by God.By the way, that is it. Natural law because she says so -- objective and unchanging. And natural law is "rooted in divine law and natural law...." End of lesson. I would fire myself for teaching like that.
So that's it - the four most prevalent and influential ethical theories currently in play in American culture. Now, lest you think these ethical theories are of interest only to we college professor types, consider that even Hollywood integrates them into their moviemaking.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
After a startingly brief and ridiculously generic rundown of the "major ethical theories" or "personal moral beliefs," we get this nugget from "Kelly Hollowell, J.D., Ph.D.,... a scientist, patent attorney and adjunct law professor of bioethics. She is a senior strategist for the Center for Reclaiming America, a conference speaker and founder of Science Ministries Inc."