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What is the difference between Utilitarianism and Deontology?

Asked by Jessica , Last updated: Aug 01, 2020

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K. Gibson

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K. Gibson, Corporate employee, MA, Gloucester

Answered Jul 14, 2020

Utilitarianism and deontology are known as ethical systems. Utilitarianism is a brainwork of Philosopher John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham; the concept of Utilitarianism is “the end justifies the means.” It believes that the outcomes of an action have a greater value than the latter. It also believes that the most ethical thing to do is to take advantage of happiness for the good of the community. Utilitarianism depends on consequentiality, while deontology is a moral study that depends on scriptures, which are the rules, intuition, and moral laws of life. This word is derived from the Greek word “deon” and “logos,” meaning “study of duty.” It is a brainwork of philosopher Immanuel Kant who believes that the actions and the outcome must be ethical.
 

I. Klose

I. Klose, Accountant, Franklin

Answered Jul 08, 2020

Some people are wondering if deontology and utilitarianism are compatible with each other. Before you start learning about this, it will be helpful if you would check their differences. Deontology will come with different rules that should be followed to ensure that the moral framework will be done correctly.

Utilitarianism, on the other hand, would need different calculations so that people can come up with the proper solutions. In Utilitarianism, it is important that the right decision will be made so that people can achieve the most positive outcome possible.

In Deontology, the action or the decision that has been made will be judged if it is right or wrong based on a moral code that is being followed.

 

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