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  • n. A philosopher or other thinker who advocates or employs a deontological approach to ethics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One versed in deontology.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One versed in deontology.

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Examples

  • And one needn't be a raving deontologist to recognize that deontology isn't merely solipsistic.

    A bit more on Holy Communion and non-Catholic Christians

  • A deontologist who thinks that child molestation, rape, and murder should all be perfectly legal but who thinks that putting your shoes on between the hours of 12 AM and 5 PM should be punished by the death penalty is still as subject to criticism as anyone else.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Racist” Charge

  • Thus a deontologist might think that adultery and racist discrimination are gravely evil, and that society would be far better off without such evils, but also that prohibiting them by law would be intrinsically unjust.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Racist” Charge

  • Being a deontologist does not protect you from criticism.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Racist” Charge

  • In my experience, when you scratch the surface on any deontologist, you find a consequentialist just waiting to get out.

    Sam Harris: Toward a Science of Morality

  • David Welker: A deontologist who thinks that child molestation, rape, and murder should all be perfectly legal but who thinks that putting your shoes on between the hours of 12 AM and 5 PM should be punished by the death penalty is still as subject to criticism as anyone else.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Racist” Charge

  • Then you would presumably be more comfortable as a deontologist than a consequentialist.

    Carry-Over Thread

  • This means that any rule consequentialist or deontologist that avoids moral schizophrenia can act so as to benefit her friends, but such actions would be merely as if friendly, not genuinely friendly, and she could not therefore have and sustain genuine friendships.

    Friendship

  • According to Immanuel Kant, a deontologist, reason demands that moral duty transcends all other duties.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • The deontologist, in other words, requires a threshold for these factors, above which consent is valid, below which it is not.

    Deontological Ethics

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  • n. One whose moral philosophy is driven by a set of formal rules, or equivalently, one whose moral philosophy primarily judges the means itself. Contrast teleologist.

    July 17, 2008