Relational Ethics : Relational Values

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Relational ethics places emphasis on the context of relationships in which they affect moral choices/actions. This is different from Kohlberg’s ethic of justice, which places importance decisions based on individuality (Burkhardt, Nathaniel, & Walton, 2013, pgs.110-111). In relational ethics, emotions expressed in the interactions between those involved are important because it allows for connections to be made among the participants (Pergert & Lützén, 2002, p.25; Pollard, 2015, p.364). The relationship is mutual, the participants are interdependent; they must interact with each other and be present in the moment of interaction. The main themes of relational ethics are engaged interaction, mutual respect, embodiment, uncertainty, vulnerability, freedom, choice and significance of the environment (Austin, 2006, p.136; Pollard, 2015, p.364; Wright & Brajtman, 2011, pgs.23-25). The four components that will be incorporated in this paper are engagement, mutual respect, embodiment, and environment. Engagement means one remains true to self while still being aware of others’ needs; sharing the moment together. Mutual respect is respecting others while also still keeping one’s own identity; this is how people become connected to each other. Embodiment is about bringing the mind and body together into one entity, instead of either or, it is both. Environment is not external; the participants are all a part of it, helping to shape situations. I will talk about the second
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