Pluralistic Ethical Reasoning Table


Steps for Ethical Reasoning


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?