Method and Process in Ethics
The term discernment can be defined as an “act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment” (American Heritage Dictionary 2000).1 It refers to a combination of skills or qualities, such as perceptiveness and acuity. Such qualities allow one to see between the lines, to recognize deep patterns, and to make mental connections between objects, relationships, and concepts. A discerning person often sees and understands what others do not. This ability of deep insight allows one to make better, wiser, more informed, and more prudent judgments about a topic or situation.