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deontology

1. a theoretical approach to ethical questions in which moral obligation is seen as arising from certain unvarying rules and principles, which are universal, i.e. they should ...

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Concise Medical Dictionary (10 ed.)

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2020
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Medicine and health, Clinical Medicine
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110 words

... n. an approach to ethics that is concerned with what makes an action inherently right or wrong. Deontology’s emphasis on the primacy of observing duties and respecting rights is at odds with the approach that judges actions by their outcomes ( see consequentialism ). This tension is central to many issues in medical ethics; for example, in relation to euthanasia , the wrong of killing versus the good outcome of ending suffering, and is further complicated when rights or duties are in conflict with one another, e.g. in relation to abortion , the...

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A Dictionary of Human Resource Management (3 ed.)

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2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
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60 words

...deontology is the ethical principle of duty or dutiful behaviour. Within the sphere of HRM it asserts that policies towards employees, such as equal and fair treatment or acceptance of freedom of association , should be adopted because they are right in themselves and not simply because they might promote improvements in business performance. See also business case , business ethics , utilitarianism ....

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A Dictionary of Nursing (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Medicine and health
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60 words

... [dee-on- tol -ŏji] n. an approach to ethics that is concerned with the question of what makes an action inherently right or wrong. This emphasis on rules and principles is at odds with the approach that judges actions by their outcomes ( see consequentialism ), and the tension between the two is central to many issues in medical...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

... n. The study of obligation and permission. The term was coined by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham ( 1748–1832 ) as the title of a book published posthumously in 1834 . See also deontic logic , deontic reasoning . deontological or deontic adj. [From Greek deon duty, from deein to be necessary, to behove + logos word, discourse, or...

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A Dictionary of Ethics

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Philosophy
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224 words

...is hopelessly individualistic. Others worry that it could never be morally permissible to act in a way that is less than best, as deontology allows. Deontological theories offer different explanations for what makes acts right (or wrong). Some appeal to contractualism (or contractarianism ). Others appeal to natural law . Yet others appeal to the worth of agents. Kant is probably the most well-known proponent of deontology, and many deontological theories are Kantian in inspiration. See also agent-centred perogatives ; agent-centred restriction...

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A Dictionary of Organizational Behaviour

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2019
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Social sciences, Business and Management
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144 words

... A normative ethical theory that judges the morality of a decision or action on the basis of whether or not it has followed the rules. It argues that we have a duty to act in accordance with the rules. It is associated with the writings of Immanuel Kant. For Kant it is the motives of the person that determines morality, whereby acting from duty is a moral act. His moral system relied on categorical imperatives—unconditional requirements—that must always be obeyed. Kant has been criticized for his moral absolutism and for the challenges in determining...

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Christoph Hübenthal

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics

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2015
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Religion, Philosophy
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... “Deontology” is a relatively recent term. It signifies the scholarly study of moral duty. From the outset, however, deontology was not meant to be a solely descriptive enterprise, merely collecting, analyzing, and systematizing whatever people hold to be their duty. Rather it was set up as a normative discipline that, by means of giving good reasons, attempts to justify what moral subjects are obligated to and thus what their duties are. Ironically, the first appearance of the term was related to a method of justifying normative propositions that is...

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Australian Law Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2018
Subject:
Law
Length:
40 words

...deontology (Greek deon , duty + logos, science or study) A duty-based, normative (‘ought’) theory of moral choice. (Adjective deontic, duty-based or relating to duty or obligation). Cf Aristotelian virtue theories based on developing good character: see also consequentialism ; virtue jurisprudence ....

paradox of deontology

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A Dictionary of Ethics

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Philosophy
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50 words

...of deontology Deontological approaches to ethics maintain that we ought not to engage in acts that violate certain moral standards, even when violating those very standards would prevent even more extensive violations of those standards. Those who find this odd call it the ‘paradox of deontology’. See also deontology...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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2003
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Language reference, History of English
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25 words

... science of duty. XIX. f. Gr. déon , deont- that which is binding, duty, n. prp. of deî it is binding, it behoves + -LOGY...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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18 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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21 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
21 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
59 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
62 words
deontology

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1. a theoretical approach to ethical questions in which moral obligation is seen as arising from certain unvarying rules and principles, which are universal, i.e. they should be followed irrespective ...
deontic

deontic  

Of or relating to obligation and permissibility. See also deontic logic, deontic reasoning, deontology. [From Greek deon duty, from deein to be necessary, to behove + -ikos of, relating to, or ...
deontic reasoning

deontic reasoning  

Reasoning about obligation and duty, most often in relation to ethical or moral actions, but also in some forms of non-ethical problem solving, to be distinguished from conventional reasoning ...
imperative

imperative  

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n. in ethics, a rule, principle, or law used to direct or guide one’s actions. Kantian ethics distinguishes between categorical and hypothetical imperatives. Whereas the latter are merely prudent or ...
Kantian ethics

Kantian ethics  

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An approach to moral questions deriving from the teachings and writing of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804). It is characterized by an emphasis on the rational endeavour of determining ...

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