Deontology Introduction for Medical Ethics-Investigations

Here are some notes on deontology for the investigations exam for section c - medical ethics. In the exam you will have to be able to apply this to your topic for example abortion, euthanasia etc.

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Introducing Kantian Deontology

Deontological ethics (or "deontology") is an approach to ethics that focuses on the rightness or
wrongness of actions themselves, as opposed to the rightness or wrongness of the consequences
of those actions.

The focus is on your intention and your actions, however negative the consequences may turn…

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Categorical Imperative

An imperative is a statement of what should be done. Categorical imperatives are rules that would be
followed by any rational moral agent. They are duties ­ you should do your duty because it is your duty.

Certain actions are logically inconsistent and would make no sense as…

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This gives a different feel to the CI. Kant imagines a society where we use reason to make universal
rules. Could we make rules that valued anything more than people themselves? (e.g. pleasure). It
wouldn't make sense for a person to make a rule that used people as a means…


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