Ethics Is too Rigid in Its Emphasis on Duties
Deontology and utilitarianism are both types of ethics referring to how one reacts in a certain situation. Deontology is based on following a set of duties and sticking to these duties no matter what the consequences whereas utilitarianism is
based on choosing the best outcome over a short term and long term even if it means
depriving people of basic human rights for example. However does this mean that
deontological ethics is too rigid in its emphasis on duties and that utilitarian ethics is
too keen to override basic human rights?
According to a deontologist ones actions must be determined by a set of duties regardless of whether the long term consequences are good or bad. A deontologist believes in human morals and that every human has certain rights and these morals and rights should not be betrayed no matter what the cost for example sacrificing one life to save one hundred lives would be unacceptable to the deontologist despite the fact
the consequences would be better overall.
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