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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

Do the ends justify the means?

Do the ends justify the means?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Hypothetical situation:

    Let's say I live in a 9x9 square foot room and want to warm it up at night. I go out and find a business man who supports his wife and 3 children, volunteers at a local youth center and gives generously to starving children in Africa. I beat this man up, bring him to my room, tie him to a stake and light him on fire to heat up my room. My room is warm that night but the man is also dead. Did the ends justify the means?

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    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If the ends must justify the means then the means must be unjustified to begin with. Since there is no way to know with certainty whether the means will achieve the ends, something can always go wrong, it is better to stay within ethical boundaries. You can't build a common good through a private evil.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Whether or not the means were justified, the ends always justify the ends.

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  • Josh S
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    what are the means but ends by other means? and what are ends but means to another end?

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  • 1 decade ago

    of what? what are the ends and what are the means? this is a case specific question. there is no straight forward answer

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  • Paul
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Depends on the ends.

    Wow, it rhymes. Small victory for me.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For a touchdown, yes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not if you knowingly hurt another human Be-ing

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    paul - i thought depends were worn on the ends - hee hee

    ((giggles))

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no who said that ?

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