Deontology is an ethical system that is rooted in a set of principles that are to be followed, if one is to be moral, regardless of the results of following those principles. It is a branch of philosophy dealing with a person’s duty and declaration of what is right. 1 Deontology is the study of moral obligation.
- 1. McKim, Donald K., Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms, Louisville, KT: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996, pg. 74.