Chapter 7. Deontological Theories: Natural Law
Section 1. What is it?

Deontological Theories: The Non-Consequentialist   Approach

In Normative Ethics the Deontological theories are those that maintain that ethical evaluations are rooted somehow in the action or some feature of the action which would result in a duty or obligation. In this approach the consequences of the action is not generally considered to be morally relevant.  Thus deontological theories often are based on or generate a set of duties. Deon is from the Greek and means a duty or obligation.

What is the source of such duty?  The various theories answer that question differently.  It could be a deity, natural law, reason, a sense of justice or one sense of self.  More of this in the materials in the next few chapters.


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