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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People may say the end justifies the means because they ultimately won the senior, but not for me.
The Catholic Church has always condemnded the principle that the end justifies the means.
The Prince" is regarded as one of the first works of modern political philosophy and argues the end justifies the means - that it is reasonable to sacrifice one's virtues to maintain power.
It considers whether the end justifies the means, and whether personal scandal can be overlooked if a leader is achieving great things in the public arena.
The PKK only has one dream, and that is to establish a separate state which it can rule and that this end justifies the means.
It does not really matter how the business is motivated (saving money or saving energy) - the end justifies the means.
Still, this adventure will cost the country dearly but this is not a great sum for the government if the end justifies the means.
Whatever words may or may not have been exchanged on the touchline at the Amsterdam ArenA, Mourinho is someone who always gives the impression that for him the end justifies the means.
She plays with ethics, too, when future Devi feeds exam answers to her past self--Mlynowski is asking whether the end justifies the means (it does not).
To condone condom use to pre vent the spread of HIV is to say that the end justifies the means.
Obama's pragmatic inaugural address confirms that he is governed by the Marxist belief that the end justifies the means - a belief which allows him to support the systematic murder of innocent children through abortion and embryonic stem cell research as if such people were a sub-class of human beings.
Both Nkrumah and Mugabe share a common political mantra and that is that "the end justifies the means.