Teleo/Deontological

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Teleo/Deontological

  • Deontological ethics are based on what it is our duty to do
  • They are absolute, objective theories since if it is our duty to do something, all people must always do it
  • Kantian ethics is also Deontological 
  • Kant said we have to follow the moral law
  • This meant doing our duty which is discovered through Categorical Imperative
  • 'Ought implies can'
  • Situation ethics is an example of a teleological theory
  • Agape focus
  • 'Do the most loving thing'
  • Deontological tehories give us a clear code which we can judge poeple's actions against 
  • It is easy to apply due to the unchanging nature of it
  • It is intuitive for people that certain things are always right or wrong
  • Telelological theories offer us the flexibility that we need to make complex moral decisions
  • Focuses on people, not just blidnly following rules
  • People can take responsibility for their actions
  • We aim for positive outcomes
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