The book I edited, the 1602 Anti-Machiavel, addresses the subject of whether it is permissible to commit evil in the service of good. That is, can we commit temporary evil in order to reach a goal we envision as good? Can we serve a "higher truth" by lying? etc. The idea is roundly denounced; I wrote in the introduction:
He says moreover that the results are not in our power; it is in our power to do good. There's a free PDF of the book on the Politics page of this website.