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Ethical Decision-Making Model
Ethical decision-making model

Section V focuses on an explanation of the hermeneutic model of ethical decision-making and illustrates applying the model. Chapter 16 describes a systematic model for ethical decision-making using a hermeneutic approach (Betan, 1997; Fowers & Richardson, 1996). Key in our ethical decision-making model is the view that understanding an ethical decision is what Gadamer (1975) described as an essential component of hermeneutics: understanding in terms of the metaphor of a horizon. According to Gadamer, human interpretation of situations is based on the range of vision seen from a “horizon” and furthermore may be understood as “everything that can be seen from a particular vantage point” (p. 269). We use a three-dimensional sphere to conceptualize our ethical decision-making model based upon ...

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