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Would anyone be able to help me; I keep getting confused between teleological and deontological, I know they are to do with consequeces, but am unsure of the details.

If anyone could help, that would be great.


Ashleigh :)

Posted: 10-04-11 17:31 by Ashleigh

Hope this helps, these are the notes I made;

utilitarianism- ethical actions are directed at a goal or purpose. the goal of utilitarianism is to increase pleasure and reduce pain; ultimately to increase human happiness. "making the world a better place.

Deontological- no aim, has no final goal. For example the divine command theory focuses on obeting teh stated rules regardless of self, you only obey these rules and nothing else.

Posted: 14-04-11 14:37 by Emma P

Teleological - Looks at each situation individually before deciding what to do. It looks at the end result or the consequence rather than the action. E.g. Stealing is wrong, but if the money is stolen from the rich people to give to the poor, then a telological theory would argue that's correct, because the end result (poor people being able to feed themselves) is good

Deontological - Usually follows laws. It ismore to do with duty than the end result. E.g. when your mum tells you to wash up, a deontologist would do so not because he likes to do it but because it is his duty to respect authority and to listen to his mum


Teleological - rightness/wrongness of an action is decided by its consequences or the end result

Deontological - rightness/wrongness based on the fact whether you followed a rule or fulfilled your duty

Hope that helped! =)

Modified once, last modified by mev on Sun 17th April, 2011 @ 18:38

Posted: 17-04-11 18:37 by mev

Thank you so much.. I needed a simple explanation! :)

Much easier to understand than the explanations my friends were giving me :)

Modified once, last modified by Ashleigh on Mon 18th April, 2011 @ 12:31

Posted: 18-04-11 12:30 by Ashleigh

Glad it helped !! :)

Posted: 20-04-11 14:00 by mev

Deontological, the nature of the act itself e.g. do not lie, do not steal (Kant's philosophy is deontological etc)

Teleological, consequential. Do X to acheive Y. An example of this would be Utilitarianism.

Posted: 14-05-11 14:56 by Lauren

We didn't ever do deontilogicalmobob lol!!

Posted: 14-05-11 15:15 by Emma