Deontological And Teleological Theories Are Two Extremities Of Normative Ethics

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Deontological and teleological theories are two extremities of normative ethics that represent a spectrum of judging morality based on intent, action, and consequence. While the two may seem like a dichotomy at first a juxtaposition of the two will reveal the commonalities as well as differences. To better understand these viewpoints an examination of both deontological and teleological views will be necessary, and examples will be given for clarification. Deontological theory is the notion that the morality of an action is determined by adherence to a set of rules or a sense of duty, or simply put an action is morally right if the reason you acted that way was based on what is morally right. There are many branches of deontological theory. The main points of contention come from determining what the rules decide what is right, and if the morality is determined by the act alone. To understand this we will examine at three branches of deontology.
First is moral absolutism. This is the most definite version of deontology. This is the idea that the morality of an action is in the act alone. The only thing that is considered is the act and not the outcome or intention. To act morally within this school of thought a person’s actions must always follow the rules for what is right.
The most widely known perspective of deontology is the version spoken of by Immanual Kant. Kant taught that the most important thing in judging morality is a person’s will. Kantian deontology…

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