Consequentialism refers to those moral theories which hold that the consequences of a particular action form the basis for any valid moral judgment about that action. Thus, on a consequentialist account, a morally right action is an action that produces good consequences. In other words, the ends justify the means. Basically, the idea that any evil is OK if there is a good outcome. Anything is acceptable if it leads to a successful result. A supporter of this philosphy is Niccolo Machiavelli, a Florentine statesman, who wrote The Prince in the early sixteenth century. He believed a ruler had the right to stay in power, including trickery and dishonesty.
What does “The end justifies the means” mean to you?
Do you think what one is able to accomplish in the end, makes all of their actions along the way acceptable? Cite examples in history or in current events to support your argument.
In your life, when does “the end justifies the mean” apply to you, if ever. If not, why not?