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Title: Contemporary debate on morality of ends and means
Researcher: Choudhury, Samsul Alam
Guide(s): Tariq Islam
Keywords: Philosophy
Upload Date: 19-Sep-2013
University: Aligarh Muslim University
Completed Date: 2010
Abstract: The thesis deals with the relation of ends and means in terms of individual or group morality. The thesis through a review of literature on the topic is an attempt to understand and present an assessment of the possible problem of ends and means relationship and istinction of human purposive morality. The attempt has located the controversy to be around the maxim end justifies the means . owever, the thesis is an attempt to bring together the scattered literature on the debate of morality of ends and means to enable a better understanding and some clarification of how the ends and means are related to morality in terms of persons or group of persons. The philosophical study of morality historically shows that there has hardly been an attempt to look at the concept of morality in terms of the relation of ends and means. Philosophers or thinkers have taken ends and means only as an explanation or support for their larger arguments or projects and not for their own sake. Because of the scattered nature of the literature on the topic and the confusion it has given rise to the present thesis goes into the historical developments of morality, as it was felt that without clearing the obscurity a clear perspective on the contemporary debate on the morality of ends and means would not be possible. The philosophical discussion on ends and means can help usunderstand the moral problem and the organising practices of man, especially the classification of ends and means as good or bad, which primarily depends on an understanding of relation of ends and means. Liberal philosophers, except pragmatists, have argued that end does not justify the means and pointed out that means should be moral to attain an end. Moreover, the Liberal philosophers emphasised that the maxim end justifies the means is identical with the Marxists and accuse them of being Machiavellian. The accusation added that the Marxists by this maxim are suggesting violent means for every end to be achieved.
Pagination: 230p.
Appears in Departments:Department of Philosophy

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