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Decoding GS IV Case Studies: Values-based Ethical Decision-Making

Ethical dilemmas often stem from conflicts between equally important values. Understanding how values guide ethical decision-making can be crucial for UPSC aspirants. Here's how values act as guides in resolving ethical quandaries. 


What Are Values?

Defined diversely, values are intrinsic beliefs about what is desirable and guide individual behaviour, actions, and judgments.


A Brief on the Fundamental Values for Ethical Decision-Making

Caring: Treating people with dignity and avoiding harm.

Honesty: Being truthful, not deceiving or distorting facts.

Accountability: Accepting responsibility for one's actions and their consequences.

Promise Keeping: Upholding commitments and being worthy of trust.

Pursuit of Excellence: Striving for diligence and being well-informed.

Loyalty: Faithfulness and loyalty to those with whom one has dealings

Fairness: Being open-minded, just, and treating people equally


Understanding and applying these core values can guide UPSC aspirants through the maze of ethical dilemmas, ensuring decisions are not only right but also reflect a deep commitment to ethical principles and societal well-being.

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