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Hey, for the question below I was just wondering whether I had to talk about utilitarianism or situation ethics? Could I say natural law is the best even though it's not in the question? If not, do I have to talk about both utilitarianism and situation ethics or could I just say situation ethics is best and explain why? Thanks!

Which normative ethical theory, Utilitarianism or Situation Ethics, deals best with the moral questions raised by euthanasia?
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Which exam board is this for?
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Personally i would talk about both, I would chose one i prefer (I would go rule utility as best personally) and then use situation ethics to show why utility is better,
eg paragraph about how rule utility is goob bc it protects from harm with harm princple then boom situation ethics is bad bc it doesnt, thereofre ppl open to predatorial relationships etc. I woudl use taht strucure and do it three times.
I think its fine to bring in N.L, as long as you also talk about S.E and utilitarianism as they are named. I definitely would discuss both.
I hope the question is like that so nervous for an RS dodgy question and il panic
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Personally i would talk about both, I would chose one i prefer (I would go rule utility as best personally) and then use situation ethics to show why utility is better,
eg paragraph about how rule utility is goob bc it protects from harm with harm princple then boom situation ethics is bad bc it doesnt, thereofre ppl open to predatorial relationships etc. I woudl use taht strucure and do it three times.
I think its fine to bring in N.L, as long as you also talk about S.E and utilitarianism as they are named. I definitely would discuss both.
I hope the question is like that so nervous for an RS dodgy question and il panic
Thanks, I'll do just that! Same - hopefully OCR are not cruel!
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It is specifically asking you to choose between the two, so choose between the two. Choosing NL amounts to not directly answering the question, which will lose you marks.

You need to identify and state the moral questions raised by euthanasia, then say how Util and SE deal with them, then say which of the two is more satisfying.

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Thanks, I'll do just that! Same - hopefully OCR are not cruel!
Same!! Also I just realised I was revising sexual ethics, so said protection from predatorial relationships, haha ig it still kind of works with euthanasia tho but more manipulation.
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It is specifically asking you to choose between the two, so choose between the two. Choosing NL amounts to not directly answering the question, which will lose you marks.

You need to identify and state the moral questions raised by euthanasia, then say how Util and SE deal with them, then say which of the two is more satisfying.

(I am a qualified RS teacher)
Would you mind pls helping me a question? I'm not sure if you teach OCR but if so, I'm rlly struggling with 'critically compare Plato's form of good and Aristotle's prime mover'
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For OCR this is not a question you could get. You can only be asked about the application of Natural Law and Situation ethics for euthanasia.

Utilitarianism and Kant cannot be asked for euthanasia. All four ethical theories could be asked about for sexual ethics however.
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For OCR this is not a question you could get. You can only be asked about the application of Natural Law and Situation ethics on euthanasia.

Utilitarianism and Kant cannot be asked for euthanasia. All four ethical theories could be asksed about for sexual ethics however.
It sounds like a practice thing to me, we would semi-often set ours questions they couldn't get but which we thought'd be good to develop skills more broadly
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Would you mind pls helping me a question? I'm not sure if you teach OCR but if so, I'm rlly struggling with 'critically compare Plato's form of good and Aristotle's prime mover'
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I am just about to go.into 4 hours of meetings so maybe later/tomorrow - or Joe (below) is always fab with this stuff.
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I am just about to go.into 4 hours of meetings so maybe later/tomorrow - or Joe (below) is always fab with this stuff.
thank you, that would be amazing (tomorrow/ later or Joe)
edit to add, 4 hours of meeting sounds horrendous.
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Hi, could someone explain if the Harm Principle is the same as the Liberty principle? From my understanding the Liberty Principle says we should be able to do what we want as long as we don't harm others while the Harm principle states our actions should only be restricted if they harm others, which I am quite sure mean the same thing right?
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Hi, could someone explain if the Harm Principle is the same as the Liberty principle? From my understanding the Liberty Principle says we should be able to do what we want as long as we don't harm others while the Harm principle states our actions should only be restricted if they harm others, which I am quite sure mean the same thing right?
I'm not sure, but my understanding was Mill wrote about the harm principle in his book called 'on liberty' I haven;t heard of the liberty principle?
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