Definition of deontology in English:

deontology

Syllabification: de·on·tol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌdēänˈtäləjē
 
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noun

Philosophy
The study of the nature of duty and obligation.
More example sentences
  • While both deontologists and rule - utilitarians are rule-followers, deontology explicitly stresses duty and intention rather than outcome, whereas the ultimate focus of rule-utilitarianism is on consequences.
  • Another problem for virtue ethics, which is shared by both utilitarianism and deontology, is ‘the justification problem.’
  • There are two main categories of deontological theories in the literature: rule deontology and act deontology.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek deont- 'being necessary' (from dei 'it is necessary') + -logy.

Derivatives

deontological

Pronunciation: /dēˌäntˈäjikəl/
adjective
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  • Classic utilitarianism is consequentialist as opposed to deontological because of what it denies.
  • This distinction mirrors a major fault line in ethics between what are known as consequentialist and deontological theories.
  • As with many hybrid views, the deontological and consequentialist components tend to pull apart, with each threatening to subordinate the other.

deontologist

noun
More example sentences
  • So, for example, a deontologist such as Immanuel Kant might say that lying is always morally wrong, even when it results in a greater good.
  • Many of the leading approaches are commonly grouped into competing camps of deontologists and Kantians on the one hand and consequentialists or utilitarians on the other.
  • When asked to justify an alleged moral rule, duty or its corresponding right, deontologists may appeal to the intrinsic value of those beings to whom it applies.

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