suggests that decision-making should be seen as independent of specific
circumstances. Instead of following the same set of rules in each
decision, practitioners engaging in Situational ethics decide on
a case by case basis.
Positives of this
- Can be helpful when
there are several conflicting ethical obligations.
- Useful when blindly
following rules, as suggested by Deontological systems, would
result in considerable harm.
Examples of Situational
Ethics in Action:
- Choosing not to comment
to the press when releasing the information could result in considerable
harm to one's client or the public. The conflicting ethical responsibilities
in this instance include honest and prevention of harm.