consequentialism

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consequentialism

(kon″sĕ-kwen′shă-lizm)
The philosophical doctrine that the correctness of a choice is proven only by what that choice produces, rather than why the choice was made or what the agent intended or hoped might occur.
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It was not that entertaining but Smith knows that often the end justifies the means - and quickly pointed out that his side had their chances.
Ramsay's well-balanced essay aims to set proper limits to the popular idea that Machiavelli is the author of the doctrine that "the end justifies the means.
But if you believe, as both good communists and Republicans do, that the end justifies the means, then Baker's ultimate success in bringing Israel and its Arab enemies to the peace table in Madrid in 1991 was well worth the political blood he spilled.
The Leader's Institute's Build-A-Bike Team Building Workshop[R] is designed to demonstrate the opposite of the adage "The end justifies the means.
Neal comes to know that Peter lied to get a confession out of him, which is like the end justifies the means.
In this context, it may properly be argued that the end justifies the means.
SIR - As we learned from Eastern Europe, once mistrust between officialdom and the public is established, each incident increases mistrust that results in more restrictions which results in more incidents and so mistrust simply intensifies, and with each step officialdom becomes more convinced that the end justifies the means.
But when dealing with his politics he engages with a darker side of himself and he believes the end justifies the means," The Sun quoted former Environment Minister Jane Kennedy, as saying.
The end justifies the means, and already the carrot of better times next season is being dangled in front of the undiscerning City followers who can't wait to dip into their pockets and line up for their season tickets.
While important clarifications have been made, the core question remains whether the end justifies the means.
In truth it is an argument that the end justifies the means.
The antagonist for this book is not really a villain but a human being who sees a chance to enforce world peace and takes it in a direction in which the end justifies the means type of philosophy.