6)A dilemma is more demanding than a problem and it comes with a prescription to argue, not act. Comment.(250 words)

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TopicPublic/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance.

6)A dilemma is more demanding than a problem and it comes with a prescription to argue, not act. Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

Ethics, particularly the practical aspect of it, more or less revolves around dilemmas of various sorts. However the concept is often confused with “problem”, which has a very different meaning altogether. This is one of the basic concepts in ethics and is related to GS-4 syllabus under the following heading- Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to explain and bring out the difference between a problem and a dilemma and explain how dilemma is more wider and demanding than a problem.

Directive word

comment- we have to take the stand on the given statement and then present justifications in favour of our opinion in the answer.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– define what is a problem

Body-

  • define a dilemma
  • discuss its meaning in relation to a problem-  e.g two possible alternatives none of which is more  desirable than the other,caught on the horns of a dilemma, sacrifice of one alternative in favour of another, more inclined to argue rather than act as taking decision is more protracted and difficult etc.
  • Discuss how to solve a dilemma- i.e  the terms of reference should be altered and the whole situation is reformulated and redefined so that full account is taken and due respect paid to the warring value options, which are then ordered and linked among themselves in a more systematic and coherent manner.

Conclusion- present your conclusion of the above discussion in relation to the demand of the question.