Deontological Ethics

[Revised entry by Larry Alexander and Michael Moore on October 17, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The word deontology derives from the Greek words for duty (deon) and science (or
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[Revised entry by Larry Alexander and Michael Moore on October 17, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The word deontology derives from the Greek words for duty (deon) and science (or study) of (logos). In contemporary moral philosophy, deontology is one of those kinds of normative theories regarding which choices are morally required, forbidden, or permitted. In other words, deontology falls within the domain of moral theories that guide and assess our choices of what we ought to do (deontic theories), in contrast to (aretaic [virtue] theories) that - fundamentally, at least - guide and assess...

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