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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Mine is not an argument that the ends justify the means, mine is an argument that the means themselves do not warrant legal prohibition," he told the bioethics council.
Will the ends justify the means as she stirs up old secrets and untold anxieties?
Presidential politics is the ultimate example of letting the ends justify the means.
The ends justify the means,'' Garvey said Monday before a guest-analyst stint on the Dodgers radio broadcast of the game against Colorado.
Abasic site recognition by two apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease families in BNA base excision repair: the 3' ends justify the means.
But if our performance-obsessed society is so keen to produce successful students then,perhaps, the ends justify the means.
It has been historically repeated in the economic and political world that the ends justify the means.
And to approve of such a war because the leader of the country is an evil man, is to approve of the theory that the ends justify the means.
Yet to support an international "code of law" which is based on the Machiavellian philosophy that "the ends justify the means," is to completely defy America's constitutional framework for bringing alleged criminals to justice through strict legal standards as outlined in the Bill of Rights.
Those who believe that the ends justify the means are considered consequentialists.
If the ends justify the means, then maybe the public perception will change," he said.
Board member David Tokofsky said he was unconvinced that the ends justify the means.