Pluralistic Ethical Reasoning Table

 

Steps for Ethical Reasoning

Analysis

Gather the facts (who, what, where, when, how and why)

 

Define the ethical issues

 

Identify the affected parties (stakeholders)

 

Identify the consequences of each possible action

 

Identify the obligations or duties

 

Consider your character and integrity

 

Think creatively about potential actions

 

Check your gut

 

Decide on the proper ethical action and be prepared to deal with opposing arguments

 

 

What approach (consequences, duties, or character) dominated your analysis?  Why?