'The ends justify the means' means that the end result will validate what you had to do to get there. It is usually used it situations that the 'means' are difficult.
Many people hold as a general principle that "the ends never justify the means." Those who hold this view would say that Stalin's ends did not justify his means. There are people who believe that certain ends are so important that anything is justified if it furthers those ends. If they supported his goals and thought them important enough, they would say that his ends did justify his means. Others would disagree, either because they do not think his goals important enough or because they oppose his goals completely.
No one has ever claimed that the means justify the ends. Some people have claimed that the ends justify the means, but not vice-versa.Malcolm X is associated with the phrase "by any means necessary."
It is a phrase that means as long as the desired result is achieved, it doesn't matter what you do to get those results. "The ends justify the means" is a Satanic doctrine teaching that we may do evil without becoming evil if our motive is good enough. So the question- Do the ends justify the means?- may signify the attempt to examine this moral abyss critically.
The ends justify the means.
In an democracy, the means do not justify the ends. Even if a certain end is considered beneficial to the country, the people still have to be consulted.
Not always. It depends on the situation. For example, to save an innocent life, you may need to lie or do something dishonest. The motto: Ends justify the means.
The philosophy which teaches that the "ends justify the means" is Machiavellian philosophy.
The theory that the ends justify the means?
19th Century revolutionary, Sergei Nechayev after killing a friend.
It does matter which course to take to finish the race, just win! Save
Teleology is a philosophical concept that the ends justify the means. Some of its advantages are proactivity, conviction, compromise and the common good.
The noun means (The ends justify the means.) is plural.The verb means (Auf wiedersehen means see you later in German.) is singular.
It was worth what you had to go through in order to get where you wanted to go.
If a president isn't impeached or otherwise leaves office prematurely; he made no mistakes; the ends justify the means.
It means that if you have a goal or end to be achieved you cannot use any method to achieve it, particularly if that method is unlawful, immoral or unjust. As a example Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. Stealing is an lawful and unjust act which cannot be justified because he gave it to the poor.
"In the actions of men, and especially of Princes, from which there is no appeal, the end justifies the means." - Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537
Wolverine is a good character with flexible morality, basically the ends justify the means. Wolverine kills bad guys.
No. This is like saying that there are no objectives to achieve, only achieving. "Ends" are objectives. "I am trying to get the cap off this jar" is an expression of an objective. The means to the end are the method you use to get to the objective: running the jar under hot water, banging it with a knife handle, wearing rubber gloves for better traction, using a saw to remove the cap are all possible means to achieve that end. Therefore it is impossible that "there are no ends; there are only means." There cannot be means without an end. There can be no method of attaining an objective unless there is an objective. It's like saying there is a cause without an effect; if it has no effect, it cannot be a cause. The key word in "the ends do not justify the means" is the word "justify". This saying is all about moral justification, not the connection between means and end. If you are trying to raise money to give to former Ugandan child soldiers, you could have a door-to-door campaign, start a viral internet video, or work a second job. You could also raise money by robbing a bank, insuring your father's life, then killing him, or selling your sister into slavery. All of these are means to the end of raising money for Ugandan child soldiers. Some of these methods are morally wrong, however, and they don't become morally right because they were means to a noble and charitable end. So, the conversation might go as follows: "You sold your sister into slavery??" "It was for a good cause." "I don't care how good the cause was, it was wrong. The ends don't justify the means."
This phrase indicates that the outcome of a situation does not change the weight of the intent. For example, let us say that a man shoots a woman, intending to kill her. However, she survives with relatively little harm. This would be "the ends". His intent to kill is "the means". As you can see, even though the woman lived, it should not get the shooter off of the hook. Oh please! The answer is: We cannot do evil for the sake of good, no matter how pure our motives or how righteous our indignation, without becoming agents of evil ourselves.
If the word ends in s, then you can put the apostrophe after; for example, girl's means belonging to the girl, but girls' means belonging to the girls.