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deontologism

[dē′ontol′əgiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, deon, obligation, logos, science
a doctrine of ethics that states that moral duty or obligation is binding even though a moral action may be different or result in painful consequences, also, that what makes acts right are nonconsequential characteristics such as fidelity, veracity, justice, and honesty. Compare natural law, utilitarianism.
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Assuming that (1) belief in the existence of absolute moral principles equates to a belief in deontological ethics and (2) belief that moral principles are relative equates to a belief in teleological ethics, we hypothesized that creationism views would correlate with deontological ethics, and evolutionist views would correlate with teleological ethics.
The ethical theory that emerges from such treatment is an especially inflexible form of deontological ethics, in which obscurely rooted duties supercede any considerations of horrific consequences or compassion.
He dismisses teleological and deontological ethics as useful but limited in scope, proposing instead that the primary motivation for human action is captured in the notion of "responsibility.
The author continues to examine the Apology in the second chapter, in order to show what Socratic ethics is not: a divine command theory, or a deontological ethics.
Besides bases and modes of response characteristic of virtue ethics and consequentialism, the Dalai Lama's ethics also contains bases and modes typical of deontological ethics.
Topics include the normativity of nature from the perspectives of consequentialism, deontological ethics, and virtue ethics; the necessity of maintaining a human perspective towards nature even while rejecting anthropocentrism; human concern for the environment as aesthetic and not moral; a Christian perspective on the origins of ecological crisis; the Quranic principles of coherence and unity as applied to environmental ethics; the environmental ethics of early Buddhism; and Daoism's emphasis on sustainability.