theory

(redirected from deontological theory)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to deontological theory: teleological theory
References in periodicals archive ?
The idea is to take whatever other factors the deontological theory claims are relevant, and to work those factors into the evaluative ranking of outcomes.
A deontological theory states that an act may be morally required (or prohibited) even if not performing (or performing) the act would produce a better moral state of affairs or have better consequences.
A consequentialist theory differs from a deontological theory in that it is exclusively forward-looking.
That is, a deontological theory rejects, at least in part, a utilitarian approach to ethics.