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To what extent do the ends justify the means?

Fairly straight forward question, I think. I encourage you to ask for clarification though. One possible "end" that you could talk about the means for is science (touched on in the Milgram experiment). How far should our experiments go before we can justify the knowledge of the results? You can definitely use your own examples; that was just a possible route.

Possible routes:
Means: torturing someone; Ends: information for national security


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    Oct 11 2013: One more possibility which has not been yet mentioned by anybody is to consider past examples. We often forget to investigate the past and try solving our problems using abstract ideas which are independent of time, such as giving examples of things that hypothetically could happen, but did not actually take place. However, when looking through history, we can see exactly what the consequences of such experiment where.

    In the case of the Milgram experiment I do not know how exactly did anyone profit from the information gained, or what exactly happened to the participants. Nevertheless, investigating this could lead to finding out whether it had really paid off. Armed with this knowledge one would have potential arguments on whether he/she can justify the means on an experiments he/she wants to conduct.

    I would also like to add, that whatever the ends are, the humans should be respected at most. After all, the purpose of the experiment is most probably to improve the human condition. So generally, I do not support experiments such as the Milgram experiment.

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