The Ethics of Dilemmas

The second last lap almost over, I have a draft of this, Chapter 4; still feels very rough but it’s something to work from.  I’ll have at Chapter 5 tomorrow morning, the print out the complete draft, currently sitting at 50,000 words exact, so a little bit of editing is still needed.  Won’t make the publisher’s deadline, but hope Dunedin will be forgiving.  Publication not due till late summer.

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In this chapter, understanding of dilemmas is further enriched through five ethical perspectives:

  • Ethical issues are often involved in the dilemmas school leaders face;
  • Ethical principles can be often, usefully, be held in balance, not forced to compete;
  • Ethical judgement in situations of moral complexity can only be made in the situation, not in general;
  • Those best placed to make such judgements have cultivated virtues such as wisdom and integrity;
  • Dialectical thinking captures the tensions and uncertainties of these matters better than linear positivism.

It’s riveting stuff, but it’s not going to be a bestseller any time soon.  The first edition has dropped down to 197,657th in the Amazon list!

This is me at work today… it’s not exactly a coal face, let’s face it, but the brain sometimes hurts a bit!

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