Deontological and Teleological Ethical Systems

Deontologicaland Teleological Ethical Systems

Deontologicaland Teleological ethical systems are forms of normative ethics. Theyboth deal with the actions of an individual. The deontologicalethical system refers to actions whose morals depend on how best theyfollow the set rules within the society. Moral values in the societydetermine the good or the bad behaviour. These values are there inthe society. They define the culture as well as identifying theimmoral behaviour and the taboos. To determine the deontologicalethics one should be aware of what is right according to the rulesset. Adherence to these set of rules is a moral aspect (Pollock47).Through the understanding of the deontologicalteleological ethical systems, the discussion will explore how thesystems portray in the main character of the movie Traitor.

Teleologicalethical systems also deal with the actions. The moral value of theaction is determined by the end results. If the end results of theaction taken are good, then the action is morally upright. Therefore,there need be the evaluation of the consequences of the actionstaken. It is also known as the consequential ethical system as it isdetermined by the consequences of the action was taken (Pojman214).

Inthe movie Traitor, the main character is Samir Horn portrayed by DonCheadle. Samir is a controversial character whom the audience, theJihadists and the intelligence group do not directly recognize hisside. He is a committed Muslim as well as a former Special ForcesEngineer Sergeant. History has it that his father was killed by abomb in a car. However, it is not revealed if it was the jihadist orpeople who did not support his political ideas. Samir joins aJihadist group that is aiming at bombing the U.S Army Special Forces.They plan to place suicidal bombers in fifty public vehicles thatwould kill numerous people.

Thereare several deontological and teleological ethics portrayed by Samir.Joining the Jihadist was noble. He was an undercover intelligent whowas out to sabotage their missions. His aim was not to join them andhelp in killing innocent people. Therefore, the action of joining theIslamic brotherhood was ethical. However, he had to win their trustby participating through selling them the arms.

Samirportrays another ethical action when he switches the emails of thesuicide bombers. The suicide bombers were to board different busesthat would end up bombing many people (Pollock47).He was aware of the plans of the jihadists since he was a member.Therefore, since his aim was to alter their plans, he went ahead andswitched the emails. The results were that the suicidal bombers endedup getting in one bus with the unethical deathly intentions. Onbombing, they died on their own only killing the driver of their bus.However, he was able to save others who were to be casualties.

Samirrecruits other terrorists like Nathir, the one who gave suicidebombers fake visas. The efforts of Samir, through Nathir leads toterrorism as the bombers succeed in killing eleven people. Samir isaware that Omar is a good friend to Nathir. Therefore, he befriendsto get closer to Nathir. He ends up working with Omar. He eventuallyknows the real identity of Nathir and he kills him. That ethical actends up eliminating one of the top terrorists. The killing is wellaccepted as he is able to eliminate a security threat (Pojman214).Clayton, an FBI specialist, realizes the motives of Samir anddeclares him a hero.


Pollock,Joycelyn M. EthicalDilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice.Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth, 2014. Print.

Pojman,Louis P. HowShould We Live: An Introduction to Ethics.Australia: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2009. Print.