What is the definition of "moral dilemma"?


A moral dilemma occurs when a person must decide between two conflicting actions. A person must have good moral reasoning to perform each action, but the actions cannot both be performed, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

A person with a moral dilemma can never do the right thing because each action has a moral basis. In order to solve a moral dilemma, the person must choose the action that does the most good – or avoid the most harm.

Socrates used the example of returning a weapon to a friend. It is morally correct to return a borrowed weapon. However, if the friend plans to use the weapon to harm others, then the least amount of harm is done by keeping the weapon. Although returning the weapon is the moral course of action, protecting others has a higher priority.

Q&A Related to "What is the definition of "moral dilemma"?"
A moral dilemma is defined as any situation in which the person making the decision experiences a conflict between the moral rightness of a decision and the quality of the results
Conflicting obligations, ideals and consequences are so nearly equal that one feels she cannot choose among them, even though she must.
Jean Piaget is among the first psychologists whose work remains directly relevant
The Humanist perspective is that this question is irrelevant. Our morality arises from common sense and compassion. If gods agree with that great - then Socrates is right - the gods
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