WCCP I Murabayashi/Overstreet/Shulman

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Absolutism
“My way or the highway” Absolutism is the ethical doctrine that claims that there is a single truth and all other positions to the contrary are mistaken. In other words, certain things are always “right” and other things are always “wrong.” Implied: The rejection of the beliefs of those who disagree. Implied: There is no room for moral diversity. Advantages of this approach:

1. It offers clear answers/set rules, which makes for ease in decision-making. 2. Certain things are intolerable/always “wrong” (e.g., child abuse), and this
approach allows you to take a firm stand. 3. According to this approach, you don’t have to consider others when you make ethical decisions – you just go along with what is “right” and “wrong.” 4. Sometimes we need to make judgments instead of saying, “It depends”. Disadvantages of this approach: 1. There are no exceptions to the rule (you don’t consider extenuating circumstances). 2. There is no learning from others (no need to listen to others; your opinion is “right”!). 3. It is intolerant: “Our truth is THE truth!”