Ethical Decision-Making in Social Work

by Wade Robison - Linda Cherrey Reeser

Jeudi 10 octobre 2013, par stan // Ressources


The method of tracking harms : working through a case

Suppose one person intentionally does something to someone else that is itself harmful to that person’s interests and will predictably cause much additional harm (is intrinsically and extrinsically harmful), the harm is of great magnitude, the person causing the harm knows that what he or she is doing is harmful and does it because it is harmful, and he or she sets a precedent so that others will cause similar harms in similar situations. This sort of situation has as many footholds for immorality as one can find. We can imagine an ethically less harmful situation by supposing, for instance, that one causes just a little bit of harm or that one causes great harm intending to do a great deal of good. In short, an ethically wrong situation may be ethically wrong for a variety of different reasons, and changing the situation, even ever so slightly, may make it ethically better. [....

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