The Ethics Of Care : An Argument Against Mill 's Utilitarianism

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In Support of Held’s Ethics of Care: An Argument Against Mill’s Utilitarianism in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky This ethics study will define the problem of utilitarianism in the “ethics of care proposed by Virginia Held (2006) within the literary context of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Held (2006) defines the problem of utilitarian ethics as an abstraction of emotions in moral issues, which alienates the individual in the care process. This method denies the premise of "care” when Raskolnikov decides to murder an old man in order to rationalize the death of woman to save the lives of thousands in terms of health care. Held would view Raskolnikov’s descent into criminal behavior as part of this immoral aspect of Mill 's theory of values. More so, Held (2006) would discern the “greater good” theory of Mill’s ethical approach to without an emotional or relational value systems between human beings. In essence, an argument against Mill’s utilitarian Theory of Values will define Raskolnikov’s descent into criminality in the context of Held’s ethics of care philosophy of interpersonal relationships in the community. Virginia Held (2006) sought to bring a more emotional and non-abstracted evaluation of human relationships outside of the abstract reasoning of John Stuart Mill’s premise of a Theory of Values in utilitarian philosophy. Utilitarianism defines an abstracted evaluation of the “greater good” of society, which claims an impartial view of
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