Deontology Discussion

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Discuss deontology (also known as “duty-” or “rule-“based ethics). You may choose to look at the original works of Immanuel Kant, the preeminent deontological philosopher, if you desire. However, I recommend starting with Onora O’Neill’s “A Simplified Account of Kant’s Ethics,” as well as the SEP’s (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s) entry on the subject, as they are more digestible.

You will first need to provide a definition for deontology, followed by a summary of its main tenets (along with examples that elucidate their application). Then, you will need to convince me why deontology is the superior ethical theory and defend your opinion against potential criticism.

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Deontology or deontological ethics is a normative ethical theory that focuses on the right
or wrong of an action, rather than the right or wrong of the consequences of the actions. It is also
referred to as rule or duty-based ethics, as rules bind people to do duty. Thus, a situation is
considered to be good or bad depending if the action that resulted in it was right or wrong. What
makes an action right or wrong is its compliance with social or moral norms. The theory
emphasizes more on the intentions of an individual as opposed to the actual outcome of the
action. It focuses on the obligations, rules, and duty of the individual. Deontology is contrasted
to virtue ethics, pragmatic ethics, and consequentialism. In this theory, an action is more valued
compared to the consequence.
Deontological ethics is an ethical framework that normally depends on predetermined
rules or policies for the effective functioning of the theory in the environment. It is normally
based on the predefined checklist which includes rules that must be followed while undertaking a
certain task or duty. Deontologist looks at the action itself rather than how much good might be
caused by an action, deciding whether it is obl...

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