JLBC First among Equals, a Word about Purpose



JLBC First among Equals, a Word about Purpose

JLBC Cadets Before we proceed further, let us make the radical claim that all ethics and policy principles and practices are derived from or can be explained by four concepts that lie at the root of applied ethics: shared purpose, informed choice, responsibility, and learning growth. As a guiding principle, a shared goal is the first among these four equals. The challenge to applied ethics is integrating ethics and policy theory and practice to be consistent. Is it simplistic to base all applied ethics on just four concepts? It is not because these four concepts reflect the evolved commonalities among our human natures and support the drives that spur us to action. Consider, for example, why almost everyone values honesty or would urge that people be honest more often than not.

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