Ethics as Design: Doing Justice to Moral Problems
Hastings Center Report. 1996 May-Jun; 26(3): 9-16.
Solving actual moral problems is not simply a matter of choosing the "best" of several possible responses. It is also a matter of devising possible responses. Design practice in engineering affords important lessons about addressing practical problems....Denying that there is a uniquely correct solution goes against some common ways of speaking about ethics, such as "doing the right thing" in a situation....The advice to act only when one is certain is a license to avoid action....The analogy with design problems implies that we should expect that even excellent responses to a problem may be improved upon in many cases.
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