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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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Thus far I have tried to show that Socrates says the kinds of things a deontologist says and does the kinds of things a committed deontologist should do.
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.
A deontologist thus could argue (indeed, I take this to be Shiffrin's position) that while it is logically possible to have a legal regime in which contractual promises are understood as containing an implicit condition of efficient breach, we should not want to live in such a regime because such a way of life would be disrespectful to the parties and their mutual relationship.
A deontologist would find meetings with key vendors to ask for an extension of payment terms to be a more ethical solution to the cash flow problem.
significant what for deontologists is morally irrelevant--namely, the
If soft model HR management genuinely promotes greater human development for all employees, it would pass muster in terms of the deontologists.
This remains true whatever theory of right and wrong one may hold, whether one is a moral absolutist or relativist, a deontologist or utilitarian, or a communitarian or a social constructionist.
The modern deontologist asserted that ethical conduct is conduct, which can be shown to conform to the dictates of rationally demonstrable moral principles.
She notes that a deontologist may argue that the duty to protect the systemic values is less weighty than the duty not to punish the innocent, hence upholding strict adherence to weak retributivism.
Although Beauchamp is a professed "rule utilitarian" and Childress a professed "rule deontologist," this common metric of principles allows for ethical decisionmaking they can both agree to, despite the massive amount of information about their ethical inclinations represented by the phrases "rule utilitarian" and "rule deontologist.
In the absence of an alternative to empiricism's principle of verification, Hazlitt often postulates the existence of a faculty which might simultaneously satisfy the deontologist in him by carrying out the productive synthesis which makes moral reasoning and disinterested action possible, and the harassed epistemologist in him who still retains a concern that such creativity might never be lawful, that the mind cannot be trusted to give the rule to itself in terms of either its knowledge or its practical decisions.
Thus, while Niebuhr was not a pure deontologist, the consistently made charge that he was a consequentialist who believed that the ends justify the means is a mistaken one.