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Does the end justify the means?

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2010-06-22 18:53:43
2010-06-22 18:53:43

Yes and No...

Viewpoint 1

Subjective morality

Ask yourself -

  • What would of happened if the means hadn't taken place?
  • Additional consequences of the means/end
  • How would the answers to the above questions affected you/society (depending if you are egotistical or a utilitarian)

Viewpoint 2

Objective morality

  • Look at the rules of morality - ie murder is always wrong

Example

A woman is being raped

You can stop this happening by killing the man

Do you stop this from happening?

Objective morality

What would of happened if the means hadn't take place?

  • She would of been raped
  • The child goes to university, becomes the leader of the world and eradicates poverty
  • The rapist is happy

Additional consequences of the means/end

  • The rapists family becomes depressed - his wife shoots herself and the kids end up in care
  • You get a Medal from the police department

IF we could predict the future weighing up the consequences we clearly see that letting the woman get raped is the better option

But we only know that - the woman will be raped an the rapist will enjoy it - most people would say that it is "OK" to kill in those circumstances

Subjective morality

Was it a choice between a greater or a lesser evil forced upon you by the actions of others?

  • Yes, and the greater evil was chosen

therefore u should of passed by

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