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Deontological system of ethics

Please provide two examples of how this theory intersect with your personal values (two different hypothecial examples). Two good paragraphs should be sufficient. Please do not respond by copying or referring to a website example--instead the answer should be in plain simple terms.


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A deontological ethics is a system of ethics which holds that an action may be right without consideration to its goodness. The action does not depend on the good intentions of the agent but rather should conform, as in Kant, to the moral law. In other words, deontological ethics is a formal, that is, rule-based ethics that does not seek to make the theory of obligation entirely dependent on the theory of value (or axiology). Deontology is only concerned with moral obligation, like Kant's categorical imperative.

This is Kant's basic formulation of the categorical imperative: "Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law". Kant distinguishes this imperative from ...

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This post critically discusses the deontological or rule based ethics and gives examples. It also addresses the question, based on the examples, of whether rules should accept exceptions or not.