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Chapter 16: Ethical Decision-Making: A Hermeneutic Model
As was stated in Chapter 1, ethical decision-making is a critical part of the training and practice of professional counselors (Cottone & Claus, 2000; Corey et al., 2003). In this chapter, we propose a model of ethical decision-making based upon a hermeneutic approach. The hermeneutic approach is a flexible culturally sensitive approach to ethical decision-making. A definition of hermeneutics is presented and then linked to ethical decision-making. Finally, there is a discussion of the hermeneutic circle and how it can be applied to ethics and counseling.
Follesdal (2001) stated that “hermeneutics is the study of interpretations” (p. 375). Furthermore, according to Follesdal, “The term hermeneutics (from the Greek hermeneno, to interpret) was first introduced in 1654” (p. ...