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de·on·tol·o·gy

(dē'on-tol'ŏ-jē),
The study of professional ethics and duties.
[G. deon (deont-), that which is binding, pr. part. ntr. of dei, (impers.) it behooves, fr. deō, to bind, + logos, study]

deontology

(de?on-tol'o-je) [Gr. deonta, needful, + logos, word, reason]
System of ethical decision making that is based on moral rules and unchanging principles.
See: ethics
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The deontologist would point out that if a negligent manufacturer ends up killing fifty-five people in a year and a vicious murderer ends up killing exactly one, and if we could only stop one of them, we would probably try to stop the negligent manufacturer.
deontologists and consequentialists) affix different ideas to the terms employed in the controversy.
sense, the deontologists who build in a catastrophe exception are often
deontologist would ever properly conclude that the marginal deterrence
These called themselves deontologists. For them the case was simple: Mrs.
So, for an absolute deontologist, instructions about what to do in the face of uncertainty can only be pragmatic.
That is a burden that falls on the deontologist, and there is no comparable burden on the welfarist.
A deontologist might well conclude that the snail darter is worth thousands of jobs, but she should not object to enunciating her objection with numbers.
Katz's point is about bad acts and (ultimately) good results, not about bad means being justified by a good end (an unlikely view for a committed deontologist).(66)
By contrast, Tom Regan, a contemporary deontologist, argues that animals do have significant moral status, and that almost all animal research is immoral.
opponent of the deontologist as is the more familiar utilitarian