Ethics Glossary


Decisions based on applying the most applicable rule, duty, code, policy, or law rather than by considering the consequences of an action. Teleological decisions focus on consequences.  Deontological decisions focus on accountability to norms that are reasoned deductions or religious commands considered applicable to all. As an example, Kant appealed to a ‘categorical imperative’ to always act in a way that can be generalized into a universal law or to always treat others never simply as a means but always at the same time as an end.