Deontological Ethical Theories

Deontological Ethical Theories - question: Would still obey...

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Deontological Ethical Theories – any ethical theory whose ethical standard is independent of all goals, thus, right actions are a matter of duty, o “You should be honest; otherwise you’ll lose your friends.” – teleological o “You should be honest because it’s the right thing to do.” – deontological o “I always obey the 10 Commandments because I want to get to heaven.” – teleological o “I always obey the 10 Commandments because it’s the Word of God & it’s the right thing to do.” – deontological o Sometimes, it may seem like both can work, “always obey the 10 Commandments because I want to get to heaven & it’s the right thing to do.” However, the problem can be solved by simply asking a
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Unformatted text preview: question: Would still obey the 10 Commandments even if u knew u would not get to heaven? If ur answer is, Heck no, definitely not, than u are teleological Kants is the most fundamentally anti-selfishness ethics. o Lets take Christian ethics for example. By and large, Christian ethics regards unselfishness as good. After all, whats the symbol of Christianity? the cross, Jesus died for the sins of mankind, & not particularly good people. o Aside: Heres something that has confused Siegmann. o Whereas Christianity withholds unselfishness in one area (your spot in heaven), Kant can be regarded as the most unselfish....
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY PHI2600 taught by Professor Siegmann during the Spring '11 term at FIU.

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