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– derived from Gk τὸ δἑον, “the ought-to-be” (in contrast to what is), that which is necessary, the duty – is a term first used by J. Bentham (1834), and it referred in a broad sense to the doctrine of the morally good in terms of his utilitarian ethics (Utilitarianism). Until today, deontology has been applied in this broad sense within deontic logic (by Wright, Kalinowski, Lenk). With the aid of the deontic operators or functors (e.g. O [=obligatory], P [=permissible], F [=forbidden]), deontic logic attempts to check the consistency of norma…

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Härle, Wilfried, “Deontology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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