Solving Ethical Dilemmas

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SOLVING ETHICAL DILEMMAS 3

SolvingEthical Dilemmas

SolvingEthical Dilemmas

I am in resolving ethical dilemmas in the best way possible, as theyare very common in professional life. An ethical dilemma occurs whenthere are two competing alternatives that do not constitute anobvious right of wrong. Ethical dilemmas are created because thereare different philosophical approaches that disagree on who resolvethem such as deontology, consequentialism, or value ethics. Forexample, a doctor will face an ethical dilemma if they have a choicebetween terminating a pregnancy for the mother to survive and leavingit to term and both lives of the mother and the baby are at risk.However, I think that combining ethical perspectives provides severalsteps to resolve an ethical dilemma as complementary strategies. Iassume that any laws involved in the execution of the strategies mustbe obeyed because it is part of the ethical standards or if they mustbe broken, it must be at the bare minimum. The steps include:

  1. An analysis and interpretation of consequences

Inthe scope of the law, the consequences of each action at play shouldbe analyzed and interpreted in positive and negative terms. Examplesof consequences are the number of people to benefit from the actions,the number people to be hurt by the action, the rank of benefits, thequality of benefits, and the long-run effect. The benefits shouldoutweigh the harm as a consequence of the actions.

  1. Analyze and interpret the actions

Theactions should be subjected to test against moral principles such ashonesty, human dignity, equality, and fairness. If an action crossesthe line against the principles it means it should dropped.

  1. Make the final decision

Thefinal decision depends on whether the action has more benefits thanharm yet within dictates of ethical principles. If the actionqualifies and breaks the law, it must be at the bare minimum.

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