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Trying on Ethical Frameworks

Posted by Myra I. Roche on March 21, 2012

At our last reading group meeting, Rebecca Walker, led a discussion about creating an “ethical analysis” of a topic, such as the one we posed a few weeks ago: “Should students use their own DNA for classroom activities?” Some background information about the controversy can be found here.  Rebecca described both prescriptive and descriptive aims of an ethical analysis.  While a prescriptive approach would argue for a particular “best practice”, a descriptive one would detail the moral claims of each side of the argument.  Please note that this post represents my relatively uneducated summary of our session so feel free to contribute a comment to correct me.

We discussed three ethical frameworks upon which we might build a prescriptive analysis for our topic: a casuistical approach, a feminist approach, and a principles-based approach.

The casuistical method, unlike the financial market, actually does rely on past performances to predict future actions.

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