Immanuel Kant´s Deontological Ethical Theory

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Deontological ethical theory, is frequently identified with Immanuel Kant, as he believed from his theory of duty, that If something is wrong then it is always wrong. "Deontological ethical theory is an ethical theory that evaluates behavior in terms of adherence to duty or obligation, regardless of consequences" (Mitchell, 2015, p.455).Deontology considers that moral actions are equivalent to abiding by the rules.Basically this assists us in understanding which behaviors are acceptable and which are prohibited.

"Deontological theory holds that human beings have a certain duty of action, and doing the right ethical thing means doing our human duty in a given situation" (South University, 2016,week 5). The main objective of deontology is to establish balanced rules in addition to acting morally which essentially is ones
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"Categorical imperative is a deontological ethical principle, developed by Kant, that states unconditionally that one must act in such a way as to desire his or her actions to become universal laws binding on everyone" (Mitchell, 2015,p.456).

"A categorical imperative is one which represents an action as objectively necessary in and of itself" (South University, 2016, week 5).

Moral statements are categorical in that they prescribe actions regardless of the result.
A hypothetical imperative doesn 't prescribe or demand any action. It is the complete opposite of a categorical imperative (I ought to... does not allow for desires / needs)

The categorical imperative has 3 principles:
1.The universal law
2.Treat humans as ends in themselves
3.Act as if you live in a kingdom of
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