Definition of deontologist in English:

deontologist

noun

Philosophy
  • See deontology

    • ‘So, for example, a deontologist such as Immanuel Kant might say that lying is always morally wrong, even when it results in a greater good.’
    • ‘When asked to justify an alleged moral rule, duty or its corresponding right, deontologists may appeal to the intrinsic value of those beings to whom it applies.’
    • ‘Many of the leading approaches are commonly grouped into competing camps of deontologists and Kantians on the one hand and consequentialists or utilitarians on the other.’
    • ‘When I visit a friend in the hospital, for example, for the deontologist I must be guided by a commitment to honor the moral law rather than by the actuality of my friend and her suffering.’
    • ‘It is consequentialist overall, but in the conduct of life, just as in the conduct of a game, rules and principles have the paramount authority that deontologists wish.’