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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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It is our conclusion, as we hope the examples in this article have demonstrated, that deontological ethics of algorithms should not be discounted and that some a priori ethical algorithmic norms might be possible.
This also means that Plato/Socrates' theories of virtue, Kant's deontological ethics and Bentham or Mill's teleological theories outlined and discussed above cannot alone lead to ethical fitness.
Alcorn argues in effect that deontological ethics demand a law whether or not the law reduces crime, another attempt to use a definitional argument to avoid a debate about consequences.
It is, in Thomas Kuhn's sense, a paradigm shift and has led and will lead to a struggle of minds and morals between those committed to the older deontological ethics and those committed to the renewed virtue ethics.
The fiduciary duty within the professional relationship could be considered under either virtue ethics, for example based on the professional's character, or also under deontological ethics, specifically beneficence (to do good or the right thing).
In contrast to deontological ethics, which state that actions are right that adhere to an ethical code, consequentialist ethics dictate that actions are ethical that lead to some good consequence.
While the concept of efficient breach can be squared with deontological ethics, accordingly, it cannot be squared with virtue ethics unless one is prepared to argue that seeking efficiency is a virtue, or at least that it is not a vice.
This collection of classic and contemporary readings in ethics presents sharp, competing views on a wide range of fundamentally important topics including moral relativism and objectivism, ethical egoism, value theory, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, virtue ethics, ethics and religion, and applied ethics.
Pratt & James (1994) have argued against Bishop and declared a need for a more rigid set of deontological ethics and mentioned this laxness of rules as the reason for the advertising industry's poor, non credible ima ge, which it has been suffering for years.
Here one might have expected May to gear the discussion towards Kantian, or even Rawlsian, deontological ethics, in order to emphasize the universality of humane treatment of those vulnerable individuals caught up as prisoners of war.
The examination will be based on a theoretical framework that suggests that the transformational leadership style involves a significant level of deontological ethics and demonstrates a moral integrity type, the transactional leadership style has significant levels of teleological ethics and an intellectual integrity type.
Doing one's duty is central in deontological ethics.