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Deontology

 

a branch of ethics that deals with the problem of duty. The term was introduced by the English utilitarian philosopher J. Bentham, who used the term to denote a theory of morality in general (Deontology, or the Science of Morals, vols. 1–2, 1834).

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By contrast, deontologists ignore results, focusing instead on the act itself.
Finally, while deontologists and utilitarians alike think that all moral problems are, in principle, resolvable, for many philosophers, such as Lyotard (1989) and Hampshire (1987), morality is essentially conflictual.
An effective response, however, would have to defend an alternate account of virtue that competes with the relational account, in the same way that efficient breach theorists have defended an alternate account of consent that competes with the account offered by the deontologists.
In The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life, James insisted that individual conceptions of the good are in fact ultimate, that is, not subject to revision or external theoretical criticism (as, for example, Utilitarians or Kantian deontologists argue).
Deontologists believe that certain acts are categorically wrong irrespective of their consequences.
Would not the use of terms familiar to students of European and North American ethics produce "biased" or distorted accounts of groups far removed from debates between deontologists and utilitarians, or between advocates of natural law and divine command theories of ethics?
He asks how rational deontologists can explain the coincidence between our alarm-like emotional reactions and their ethical views.
Deontologists, in contrast, claim that decisions should be made using abiding ethical principles (e.
According to deontologists, deferring payments to vendors beyond agreed upon terms would be unethical.
Deontologists may confront their unique brand of moral "face-offs" in circumstances in which moral obligations practically conflict.
Two, even professional deontologists do not agree about the concrete contents of deontology in general and of business deontology in particular.
Deontologists further believe that in at least some circumstances it is more important to respect these obligations than to maximise overall good.