A Study Of Ethics By Immanuel Kant And John Stuart Mill

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The study of ethics is the study of right and wrong in human behavior. The R.v Lavallee case revolves around ethics. The court released Lavallee as innocent on the basis that she is medically ill with Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS). The two most renowned ethicists, Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill would view this case differently. Kantianism is associated solely with Immanuel Kant. In comparison, John Stuart Mill, an opponent of Immanuel Kant’s ideas, uses a utilitarian approach. This essay will briefly give an overview of the case and the BWS. Then, it will show how both theories view the case. Overall, this paper argues that Mill’s theory is a better theory that supports the verdict. R.v Lavallee: Brief Overview The case is centered on Angelique Lyn Lavallee. Lavallee was in an abusive relationship with her husband, Kevin Rust. Lavallee was in an abusive, emotional, and physical relationship with Rust for nearly four years. Lavallee often visited the hospital for injuries and she lied to the hospital staff when questioned about her injuries. On August 31st, the couple hosted a party at their home and got into an argument. Rust threatened Lavallee’s life and in fear Lavallee shot Rust as he exited the room, killing Rust immediately. During the trial, many witnesses came and provided testimony that Lavallee was being abused by Rust severely. Dr. Shane, a medical psychiatrist diagnosed Lavallee and concluded that she has symptoms of BWS. In the end, the court concluded
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