běn mò dào zhì
lit. to invert root and branch; fig. confusing cause and effect
to stress the incidental before the fundamental; to put the cart before the horse, attend to the superficial and neglect the essential
Qiángdiào fāngfǎ ér xīshēng nèiróng, wúyìyú běnmòdàozhì.
To emphasize method at the expense of content is to put the cart before the horse