2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Unveiling the Ethical Conflict within Northern Ireland
Kaitlin D. Flatley
Dr. Karon Speckman, Faculty Mentor

Abstract: This research examines the history and turmoil still present in Northern Ireland. Through the use of John Rawls’ veil of ignorance theory, it investigates further what communication methods would be best to resolve this continuing conflict. Previous research suggests that citizens of Northern Ireland, through the early establishment of interpersonal relationships within their own faction, form a negative moral development or hatred for the opposing group, who have conflicting religious affiliation and viewpoints. By applying theories like Rawls’ veil of ignorance to Northern Ireland society, a variety of helpful programs may be able to take root and result in change of such harmful attitudes and actions. Additionally, this research examines current programs and predicts their success according to veil of ignorance.

Keywords: Northern Ireland, John Rawls, veil of ignorance, communication, interpersonal, ethics

Topic(s):Communication

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 39-1
Location: VH 1320
Time: 2:15

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