Source: 4p. SIEC No: 19831788

Two competing philosophical systems are examined: utilitarianism & Kantian formalism. The 2 moral outlooks are defined & briefly discussed. The implications that ensue from each of the theories are considered. Utilitarianism favours the interventionist violating the confidence of the suicidal person out of concern for her welfare, whereas formalism favours respect for individual autonomy. As a result of conflicting values, crisis interventionists are caught in a confidentiality dilemma. (CC)