The Power of Principle: Exploring the Foundations of Ethical Reasoning


  • Prof. Carla Lopez Department of Aesthetics, Barcelona University, Spain Author


Ethical reasoning, principles, deontology, utilitarianism, virtues, character, moral decision-making, moral dilemmas


Navigating the complexities of human interaction demands a robust framework for discerning right from wrong. This article delves into the intricate interplay between principles and ethical reasoning, highlighting their crucial role in shaping moral decisions. Examining diverse ethical frameworks, from deontology to utilitarianism, and exploring the role of virtues and character in ethical decision-making, we illuminate the power of principle to guide us through moral dilemmas. Drawing upon philosophical, psychological, and social scientific insights, we unpack the challenges and possibilities of principle-based reasoning, urging a nuanced approach that acknowledges the interplay of context, intuition, and deliberation in arriving at sound ethical judgments.