Ethical Ethics And Deontology

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Deontology refers to the judgment of the morality of an action based on the action’s adherence to a rule or rules. The first philosopher to define deontological principles was Immanuel Kant, who had founded critical philosophy. Kant held that nothing is good without the actual intent being good, and if one acts in accordance with the law, rather than what he thinks. He saw moral law as an unconditioned command and believed it should be established by human reason alone. Even now, with accordance to the law, people are bound to do things within the law, and following the law is considered ethical. With advanced technology being developed at a rapid pace, problems are beginning to surface. People are finding more efficient ways to get around certain barriers and to get what they want. But with these actions come consequences. Of course, not all of these actions are intended for immoral purposes, but when it comes to deontology, the outcome is out of the question. If the action is morally unacceptable, end of story. Since deontology puts emphasis on the morality of an action rather than the outcome of that action, it is safe to disregard the outcome in any situation that we are considering. There are many areas in which people tend to shy away from because of the portrayal of computing being unethical. Deontological moral systems are characterized by a focus upon adherence to independent moral rules or duties. In order to make the correct moral choices, we need to understand what duties and morals exist for us as individuals and as a society and how we need to follow them. We will be behaving morally when we follow our duty, and behaving immorally when we fail to follow our duty, no matter what the condition of that duty may be. Ty... ... middle of paper ... ...u to break in and stop the missile. To stop the launch, you would be required to hack into the government system and modify it without permission, which would go against moral code. If you were to follow deontological views, it would result in many innocent lives being lost. As long as you aren’t breaking the law, or following the rules, your actions are ethical, even if it involves nuclear war. The negative effect of following deontology ethics in this case would be the killing of all those people. It’s not necessarily your fault, but you still had the chance to stop it from happening. Most people would think that stopping the missile is the best way to go morally, and that’s understandable. But from the point of view of a strict deontologist, you would have no choice but to let it happen. The ethics of deontology can be applied to our lives on a daily basis.
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