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Deontology is a major approach to normative ethical theory that holds that whether an agent's action is right or wrong depends not just on consequences, but also on other "agent-relative" features of an individual's situation -- their relations to others, to past actions, and so on.

One classical source for this view is Kant's idea that every person has an inestimable worth, or dignity, that cannot be traded off against other values. But the idea is also prominent in "intuitionist" deontologists, who hold that many different moral considerations and principles exist, and that these cannot be reduced to any fundamental principle or value. Deontology collects, for the first time, both the major classical sources and the central contemporary expressions of this important position. In addition to Kant, classical selections from Richard Price and W. D. Ross are included. Contemporary writers represented here include Robert Nozick, Thomas Nagel, Stephen Darwall, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Frances Myrna Kamm, Warren S. Quinn, and Christine M. Korsgaard. Edited and introduced by Stephen Darwall, these readings are essential for anyone interested in normative theory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Classical Sources 9
1 From Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals 11
2 From The Metaphysics of Morals 21
3 On a Supposed Right to Lie from Philanthropy 28
4 From A Review of the Principal Questions in Morals 34
5 From The Right and the Good 55
Pt. II Contemporary Expressions 81
6 Moral Constraints and Moral Goals 83
7 Agent-Relativity and Deontology 90
8 Agent-Centered Restrictions From the Inside Out 112
9 The Trolley Problem 139
10 Harming Some to Save Others 162
11 Actions, Intentions, and Consequences: The Doctrine of Double Effect 194
12 The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil 212
Index 236
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