In themselves however these laws or criteria do not

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Unformatted text preview: ble public administrators to determine what is right and what is wrong. In themselves, however, these laws or criteria do not In ensure that public administrators—or anyone else, for that matter—will act accordingly. This is equivalent to stating, in philosophical This terminology, that laws, rules, regulations, criteria for morality or U.S. Supreme Court decisions provide merely speculative knowledge. 23 THE DEONTOLOGICAL AND TELEOLOGICAL THE APPROACHES REVISITED APPROACHES This is knowledge for the sake of knowledge— iin contrast to practical knowledge, or n knowledge with a view to practice. The latter should be the goal of ethics. The criteria for determining morality are helpful, The but there are flaws. If public administrators are invincibly ignorant of these criteria, they are not responsible for their resulting actions. If they do know the relevant criteria but decide If not to act accordingly or shift responsibility, they are not assuming responsibility. Speculative knowledge is no guarantee of 24 THE DEONTOLOGICAL AND TELEOLOGICAL THE APPROACHES REVISITED APPROACHES There are far too many laws, rules, regulations and There Supre...
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