Deontology = moral absolutes.
Different to consequentialism such as situation ethics.
From Greek word ‘Deon’ meaning duty
They are negatively formulated (start with 'do not') (Nancy Ann Davis).
Based on intrinsic goodness.
“an unconditional moral obligation”
“not dependent on a person's inclination or purpose.” – Categorical imperative.
Guidelines for easy decision process, no time wasted, which makes the decision more effective. Kant’s axe analogy. The issues does not come back on you. Freedom from guilt and responsibility. On the other hand, this does not allow flexibility, meaning human interest is not put first. This lack of emotions makes decisions meaningless and can have negative consequences.
Equality in decisions. Allows fairness which is positive to humanity. The decisions cannot be manipulated to favour one person if…