Ethical frameworks – the ‘CAT scan’

An interesting tool to use for analysing a situation from the perspective of a variety of different ethical frameworks is the Case Analysis Template – or ‘CAT scan’ for short.

CAT scan

Interest-based outlook

Identify interests. Are there conflicting interests with respect to this issue?

Rights-based outlook

Identify rights. Are there rights in conflict with interests or other rights?

Duty-based outlook

Identify duties. Are there tensions with rights or interests?

Virtue-based outlook

Identify virtues. Is character an issue?

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