The Ethical Lens Inventory

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The Ethical Lens Inventory is designed to help you determine which of four ethical lenses – four primary ethical perspectives – help you determine what to do when faced with an ethical dilemma that doesn’t have a clear answer. Your preferred ethical lens depends on your core values – the ideals that propel you to action. Each ethical lens emphasizes underlying core values in a slightly different way. Two of the ethical lenses emphasize using rationality – critical thinking – to determine what behavior is ethical. * Rights and Responsibilities Lens: You (autonomy) use your reason (rationality) to determine the universal principles and rules by which you and others should live. * Relationship Lens: The members of the…show more content…
Because you tend toward excessive individualism at the best of times, consider the impact of your decision on the whole community. Sometimes an individual actually benefits by restraining autonomy for the good of the community. As you consider what your duty is, remember that others may see the situation differently or need different supports to fulfill their duties. As you learn to consider the perspectives of others in your decision making process, you will live out the best of your ideals with compassion and care for others. Core Values | At the very highest level, all of values can be placed along two continua, the tension between valuing the individual and the group, and the tension between using reason to determine a course of action and following the lead of our intuition, our heart. Autonomy includes values such as: freedom, diligence, authority, meritocracy, self-control, duty, independence, accountability, responsibility. Equality includes values such as: fairness, justice, equitable, propriety, evenhandedness, impartiality, unselfishness, balance, and restraint. Rationality includes values such as: loyalty, faithfulness, high principles, purity, predictability, honorability, scrupulous, uprightness, trustworthy, incorruptible, consistency, and entitlement. Sensibility includes values such as: charity, prudence, courteousness, respectfulness, moderation, temperance, benevolence, kindness,
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