The End Justifies The Means Analysis

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Morality, ethics, rights and wrongs, all apply to the determination of whether the end justifies the means. This statement is mentioned in Niccolo Machiavelli’s book, The Prince, but not exactly stated in that way. The phrase, “the end justifies the means,” means that doing morally wrong actions can be justifiable if the outcome is morally correct, but can it? Morality is defined by the individual, and can also be reflected by one’s religion. For someone who has high morals, the end would not justify the means and vice versa. Through religious beliefs, psychological theories, and law and order , the end does not justify the means. Religion consists of beliefs and practices that a person contributes to. One of the major religions that refute the statement is Christianity. Christians have ten …show more content…
Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory law of moral development contains three main parts of moral development. The first level is pre-conventional which is when a person has not fully adopted social norms, so their moral understanding is based on what a higher authority has told them, such as a parent telling their child what to do. The second level is conventional, where morality is influenced and based on what a person perceives sociality deems as right and wrong. The third level is postconventional, when morality is based on the person’s own perception of what morality is. Understanding morality is very important in determining whether the end justifies the means because the meaning of the statement is directly related to morality. Each person has their own moral understanding, and in Kohlberg’s moral development theory, he reasons that typically, adolescents and adults are in conventional morality. Being that typically adolescents and adults are in the conventional level, it is more susceptible that the end would not justify the means, because the conventional stage is based of moral standards of society. Society moral standards are mostly based off of

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