In our BAPP course we have looked at ethics from two stand points – firstly ethical proceduresthat are about ‘right & wrong’ from the perspective of agreed social moral expectations of how we should behave. Ethical procedures link to the kinds of questions ethics boards ask (for instance the MORE on-line form at Middlesex). The right-ness or wrong-ness of the procedures are dependent to some extend on historical, cultural and social contexts. Even when adhering to them it is important to notice what assumptions about ‘good’, or ‘bad’ the ethical procedure is making. It is clear that these change over time, for instance something we accepted even 50 years ago are now considered unacceptable.
In this video, Michael D. Burroughs raises the question of teaching ethical thinking (the obligation to ask yourself questions and reflect on your assumptions) to young people. There is a sense we do not engage children with ethics because adults ‘know right from wrong’ and children don’t! But it could be argued children are much more willing to adhere to the rules of fair-ness, turn-taking, and listening that society perceives to be appropriate ways to behave.
As we explore what ethics can be, where it should be we move into what on this course we have called ethical consideration(consideration = reflections, thoughts ideas).
The way you approach ideas includes ethical considerations.
The conclusion you draw from considering ideas ethically starts to form your theoretical framework. The framework into which you organise the relationship between truth, meaning, body, etc…
In this way, ethical considerations help you noticethe ‘frameworks’ you are working in.
This video might help you start to notice where you stand – where your ethical frameworks are. Watch the video and ask yourself some of the questions!!!
What are your thoughts on morality? Are you a Moral realist? A Moral Absolutist? The point is not to have answers!! But to be aware. Throughout the course as you reflect on subject or plan activity ask yourself what you are assuming about the actions you take. What do your actions assume about others? What assumptions are you making about right and wrong? Have you ever questioned something you already believed was true and had no reason to question? How do you see another perspective? If some of the ideas in the videos are interesting please research further. Comment below to link to posts you have written on the subject.
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