Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: DEONTOLOGISM, 05-06-15
Posted on 05/06/2015 10:08:44 AM PDT by Salvation
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The theory associated with Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), that only acts done from a motive of duty have moral value. It is a stern moral philosophy, close to Stoicism, which holds that virtue is its own reward and therefore "duty for duty's sake" is man's highest moral imperative. (Etym. Greek deon, that which is obligatory + logia, science, knowledge.)
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I never was good in philosophy. I was always taught that a person needs a well-informed conscience and an altruistic love of neighbor and a genuine desire to show love to God that a person does what he believes is right, or better for the other person (the self-sacrifice of a parent for a child, for example) was how things worked. With guys like Kant and a Bentham with his utilitarianism, there is a disquieting component, like an “all for the good of the state” and “only those useful for the state are good” mentality found in communism, socialism, nazism, etc... Just a thought.
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