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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In combating such an enemy, the ends justify the means. For Often, a graduate of Concordia Seminary who was refused endorsement for ordination in the LCMS, the means included the publication of the Christian News, a tabloid journal that sniffed out liberalism and attacked its purveyors without regard for accurate reporting or ethical decency.
Cops, businessmen, press and public prosecutors alike let the ends justify the means in this elaborate web of broken rules, centering on a high-profile murder case so desperately in need of closing that police brass order an ambitious detective to find someone, guilty or not, to take the rap.
However, as the rather tasteless celebrations of Uruguay's Luis Suarez showed after his "real Hand of God" that denied Ghana a place in the semi-final, the ends justify the means.
"If the ends justify the means then maybe the public perception will change," he said.
Consequently, I give them a wide berth and I try to follow the theory that the ends justify the means.
The method selected by Rebekah to carry out God's message to her when she was pregnant teaches that the ends justify the means. God's will must be carried out by human beings at all cost.
In "The Copper Indian", his story is told, of how he longs for the past where the law was there to help the weak and downtrodden, and not having to deal with all of this gray area ends justify the means that his co-officers so often do to push themselves to do impure things.
"If the results are there then the ends justify the means.
And, in defense oh the degrading treatment of women in hip-hop music, he seems to suggest that the ends justify the means. I am not amused.
"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.
"Mine is not an argument that the ends justify the means, mine is an argument that the means themselves to not warrant legal prohibition," he told the bioethics council.
Presidential politics is the ultimate example of letting the ends justify the means.