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de·on·tol·o·gy

(dē′ŏn-tŏl′ə-jē)
n. pl. de·on·tol·o·gies
1. Ethical or moral theory concerned with duties and rights.
2. The doctrine that ethical status of an action lies in its adherence to a set of rules.

[Greek deon, deont-, obligation, necessity (from neuter present participle of dein, to need, lack; see deu-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + -logy.]

de·on′to·log′i·cal (-tə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
de·on′to·log′i·cal·ly adv.
de′on·tol′o·gist n.

deontological

(dɪˌɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl)
adj
(Logic) philosophy (of an ethical theory) regarding obligation as deriving from reason or as residing primarily in certain specific rules of conduct rather than in the maximization of some good
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IT is COMMONLY HELD that all deontological moral theories are agent-relative in the sense that they give each agent a special concern that she does not perform acts of a certain type rather than a general concern with the actions of all agents.
From the beginning, the deontological liberalism of John Rawls has sent the problem of cultural diversity and of identity claims in the private sphere of existence, arguing that the public space shouldn't be governed by values, but according to some neutral, consensual principles.
I shall (1) lay out the basic ethical distinctions to be observed; (2) examine a moral deliberation Socrates makes, showing its deontological features; (3) explore the priority of moral goodness to happiness; and finally (4), indicate how Socrates' commitments to duty might fit within a consistent theoretical framework.
There is a plenty of examples of this kind, which as though accomplish deontological perspective in understanding social functioning of the press.
To understand an algorithm as oriented to good is to trace possible effects back to causes--the actual processes at hand, which, though not reducible to effects, do reveal an algorithm's teleology and potentially its deontological duties.
To talk about homo academicus is to make a deontological delineation and view the academic environment as part of social environment given its role of shaping schools and individual.
Initiated by the Ministry of Information and Parliament Affairs, the deontological code endorses values and principles that the editors in chief pledged on Wednesday to uphold in the operations of their dailies.
Initiated by the Information, Parliament and Shura Council Affairs Ministry, the deontological code, signed by the editors-in-chief, endorses values and principles in the constitution and the National Action Charter, in compliance with the international Press as well as media and human rights conventions.
Initiated by the Ministry of Information and Parliament Affairs, the deontological code, signed by the editors-in-chief, endorses values and principles that stem from the constitution and the National Action Charter, in compliance with the international press as well as media and human rights conventions.
2015], who is in fact a staunch defender of deontological morality and objective right and wrong.
For example, some of the authors are engaged specifically with the tension between deontological rights and what is seemingly a consequentialist form of analysis.
Taking environmental ethics as a model for ethics as a whole, McDonald (philosophy, City University of New York) presents a new theory of values: a deontological environmental ethic called ecocentrism, which assumes that the environment is not a luxury whose value is debatable, but a universal requirement for all life.