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Sitiation Ethics Joseph F. Fletcher

Sitiation Ethics

Joseph F. Fletcher

Published
ISBN : 9780334015383
Paperback
178 pages
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It is possible, though not easy, to forgive Professor Fletcher for writing his book, for he is a generous and lovable man. It is harder to forgive the SCM Press for publishing it. As Professor Dunstans remarks in The Guardian show, Situation EthicsMoreIt is possible, though not easy, to forgive Professor Fletcher for writing his book, for he is a generous and lovable man. It is harder to forgive the SCM Press for publishing it. As Professor Dunstans remarks in The Guardian show, Situation Ethics is not a book which can be read in tranquillity. It arouses vigorous feelings for or against, for its thesis is a controversial one. While some argue that Dr Fletcher is a ready-made devils advocate (Church of England Newspaper), the Bishop of Woolwich, on the basis of an earlier article, described Dr Fletchers approach as the only ethic for man come of age. To resist it in the name of religious sanctions will not stop it: it will only ensure that the form it takes will be anti-Christian. Like many philosophers, Frederick Copleston had his reservations, but concluded that Dr Fletchers belief that in Christian ethics love is the supreme value seems to me unquestionably valid. In its new paperback form, this book is certain of continued attention in the current discussion of ethical problems. Joseph Fletcher was Professor of Social Ethics at the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass. His other book on this theme is Moral Responsibility-Situation Ethics at Work (25s).