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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Did ends justify means, at any point in the war, either militarily, politically, socially, or culturally?
Trading away certain freedoms for the guarantee of safety and protection, and even more, for a chance of achieving our ambitions - ends justify means.
Buchanan's chapter of endorsement for Joe McCarthy ("As We Remember Joe") is really a defense of gut fighting in which ends justify means.
While achievement motivation is a clear strength, it becomes dysfunctional unless it's balanced by other values that control the tendency to assume that ends justify means.