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Ethics of Duty
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[German Version]

The ethics of duty or deontological ethics (Deontology) offers a systematic presentation of the internal logic of rational action and the regular interdependencies between actions and differs in this way from a teleological ethics oriented toward the result of the action (Ethics of goods). The reference point of systematization, in this regard, is either (a) a purely formal reason, conceived a-historically – as transcending the boundaries of all systems of ethics oriented by inclinations and interests -, so that the ethics of duty develo…

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Stroh, Ralf, “Ethics of Duty”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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