If the ends are noble

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If the ends are noble, the means can be justified. The old pawnbroker has a lot of money that will be  "wasted" upon useless requiem services for her soul after her death. With that money, Raskolnikov  will be able to complete his education and devote himself to the service of humanity, or he could  distribute the money among needy and starving families, thus saving hundreds of people from ruin  and destitution. Dostoevsky had also apparently encountered other views of the Superman or Ubermensch — views  that were not yet formulated in any coherent whole but were heard wherever intellectuals gathered.  Svidrigailov was born from these ideas of self-gratification. Svidrigailov would reason: Since there is  no will (or power) beyond that of my own, I must completely assert my own will until it is totally free of  all restraint against it. Since there is no power beyond me that functions to punish, I am free to assert 
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