What is Principlism?

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Principlism has progressively developed into a convenient approach for ethical decision-making that centers on mutual moral principles of beneficence, autonomy, nonmaleficence and justice. Its practical aspect affirms that principlism can be a derivative of, resonate with and is consistent with various ethical, theological and social moral deliberation approaches. In the same note, a pluralistic approach is critical when making moral deliberations pedagogically, as a community and institutionally. The reason for this is disagreements on various moral theories and their epistemic rationalization that pluralistic factions encounter. However, through the development of intersubjective principles for moral decision-making such as principlism, a certain mutual wavelength can be established. This article seeks to display an analysis as well as developing a positive critique of principlism as a moral deliberation framework.

Upon the establishment of these principles, the practical dimension will then focuses on specifying and balancing the appropriate scenario to implement the principle. Bulger (85-86) argues that if the principle is to be executed, it must, therefore, be within a specific situation and must balance with other competing moral principles. Using this approach leaves every moral deliberation in a dilemma since the agent will be either right or wrong to some extend under a solitary principle. On the other hand, the agent will be enclosed within two or more competing moral principles in which they will have to fulfill one at the expense of the other. He continues to hypothesize that dilemmatic deliberations are in most cases very common when making pluralistic collective decisions. A perfect example of this proc...

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...ely result in a society with moral progression while appreciating beauty, need for pluralism, moral respect and diversity.

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