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Essay heading: B) Examine and Comment on the views that conscience is the best guide to making moral decisions in sexual ethics
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He believed that to "disobey ones conscience is to deny one's very self". Butler does however leave a slight flaw in the theory of logic, in that he states you can mishear or misunderstand your conscience, which leaves the problem when you should obey your conscience, and when you think you have misheard, as disobeying your conscience is not an option in his mind...
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If this is put in the context of sexual ethics, when many thousands of Catholics disagreed with Pope Paul XVI's view of contraception, Butler would have said that these people will have been right to make the decision to go against the church's teaching. Freud's view of conscience being a mere conflict between different parts of our brain make an obvious impact on whether conscience should be followed when put in the context of sexual ethics, just like whether conscience should be followed the rest of the time in Freud's opinion...
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