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Natural Law Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
Natural law ethics and counselor decision-making

Ideas about natural laws can be traced to Aristotelian philosophy and virtue ethics (see Chapter 2). Natural law ethicists see the importance of virtues, especially prudence (exercising good judgment), in living a moral life (Vacek, 1996). People follow natural law in what they do by nature, as the result of the law written on their hearts, that is, the law of conscience. In natural law ethics, something is right because it fulfills human nature and the task is to discover and realize that nature. Natural law is considered universal and unchangeable, and as such has been used as a standard to evaluate human conduct and civil laws. The concept of natural law is embodied ...

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