The prevailing methodology for integrating decision making and ethics is to modify autonomous systems in an ad hoc way to incorporate moral sensibility. However, these provisional modifications often lead to behavior that jeopardizes the intentions of developers or the values of stakeholders. We propose a novel approach for building moral autonomous systems that optimally completes a task and follows an ethical framework by decoupling ethical compliance from task completion. This paper offers a formal definition of our approach along with its key properties, an example based on prima facie duties, and a demonstration that uses our open source library.
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