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bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Silver Star Survey Creator
#1 posted May 19, 2008 at 11:11am (EDT)  
Question: Are you a deontologist or a teleologist?

Explanation: Deontologists believe that there are certain actions that are morally right or wrong. Eg: Murder is always wrong.
Teleologists believe that it is the consequences of an action which are important. Eg: Murder is ok if you save someone else in the process.
No 'other' option so you must choose between them.

Created: 2008-05-18 14:49:14
Creator: Melf
Reason: By Creator
Type: single
Category: ethics/morality
Sorted: yes
Offensive: no
Qualified: no
Active: yes
Rating: 50.0%
NumVotes: 7
NumHides: 0

Answer: I'm a deontologist.
Answer: I'm a teleologist.

Qualifiers:
gumdropper: needs work: should be choices for neither and both
Strider: reasonable:
verouge: reasonable:

Ratings:
Strider: 50.0%
verouge: 50.0%
gumdropper: 50.0%

Comments:
Liss
#2 posted May 19, 2008 at 11:14am (EDT)  
Eh.
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
#3 posted May 19, 2008 at 11:42am (EDT)  
Isn't there a word for people who base morality on priorities? Consequences don't always cover that.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Silver Star Survey Creator
#4 posted May 19, 2008 at 12:15pm (EDT)  
We must fight the opression of mindless qual robots!
Liss
#5 posted May 19, 2008 at 1:54pm (EDT)  
LindaH wrote:
> Isn't there a word for people who base morality on priorities? Consequences don't always cover that.

The terms teleological and deontological aren't the sum of ethics in philosophy. It just happens that all ethical theories fall into one or the other. I'm no sure what you mean by morality on priorities. I don't know what you mean by 'consequences don't always cover that.'

Virtue ethics (How can I become a better person?) is based on character as opposed to actions and their consequences, but it's still counted as teleological. Basically, if the ethical theory has got definite rules behind it (Natural Law, Kantian Ethics, and Divine Command Theory, for example), it's deontological. If it is concerned with an end, it's teleological.
Liss
#6 posted May 19, 2008 at 2:00pm (EDT)  
bill wrote:
> We must fight the opression of mindless qual robots!

Yes, we must. Where and when?  * grin *
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Silver Star Survey Creator
#7 posted May 19, 2008 at 5:50pm (EDT)  
Here and Now, baby, HERE AND NOW!!!
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
#8 posted May 19, 2008 at 7:24pm (EDT)  
Melf wrote:
> LindaH wrote:
>> Isn't there a word for people who base morality
> on priorities? Consequences don't always cover
> that.
>
> The terms teleological and deontological aren't
> the sum of ethics in philosophy. It just happens
> that all ethical theories fall into one or the
> other. I'm no sure what you mean by morality on
> priorities. I don't know what you mean by 'consequences
> don't always cover that.'
>
> Virtue ethics (How can I become a better person?)
> is based on character as opposed to actions and
> their consequences, but it's still counted as
> teleological. Basically, if the ethical theory
> has got definite rules behind it (Natural Law,
> Kantian Ethics, and Divine Command Theory, for
> example), it's deontological. If it is concerned
> with an end, it's teleological.

Ah, I get it now. I guess that would make me teleological.
Liss
#9 posted May 20, 2008 at 7:57am (EDT)  
 * smile * Most people are, but of course it's really hard to implement that as a governmental system. Most countries have a loose sort of rule utilitarianism - By following rules which should bring the greatest good, the greatest good will come to the greatest number.
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
#10 posted May 20, 2008 at 8:29am (EDT)  
There is the living in a black and white world (deontologist). And than there is 'other'.
Liss
#11 posted May 20, 2008 at 9:38am (EDT)  
Ooh, I'm gonna write that in my exam on Friday...
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Silver Star Survey Creator
#12 posted May 20, 2008 at 11:39am (EDT)
edited May 20, 2008 at 12:19pm (EDT)  
I go to a deontologist twice a year.
Liss
#13 posted May 20, 2008 at 11:51am (EDT)  
I always miss my appointment, but I suppose it's of no consequence.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Silver Star Survey Creator
#14 posted May 20, 2008 at 12:20pm (EDT)  
That's just absolutely wrong!
Liss
#15 posted May 21, 2008 at 2:44pm (EDT)  
 * laughing out loud *
FauxLo Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
#16 posted May 21, 2008 at 8:01pm (EDT)  
I liked this survey.
Liss
#17 posted May 22, 2008 at 4:35pm (EDT)  
Thanks  * smile *