Deontology is the approach to ethics that concentrates on duty. More generally, it is the approach to ethics that holds that the fundamental bearers of moral properties are actions (or the will to perform certain actions), with states of affairs and agents bearing moral properties only derivatively. Much Christian moral philosophy, particularly in the Protestant tradition, has been deontological. Discussion among Christian philosophers has centred on the question of whether the deontological tradition is superior to both the consequentialist tradition and to the virtue tradition, and on the question of whether all our duties are derived from God or not.
   Further reading: Darwall 2002b; Fried 1978; Kant 1959

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