The Ethics of Care

Conversations around the internet made me look up and read a little bit about Care Ethics. Even though most of my schooling focused on ethics, Care Ethics is not something I know a whole lot about. However, I thought it would be good to post it here. Here is a snippet from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

The moral theory known as “ the ethics of care” implies that there is moral significance in the fundamental elements of relationships and dependencies in human life. Normatively, care ethics seeks to maintain relationships by contextualizing and promoting the well-being of care-givers and care-receivers in a network of social relations. Most often defined as a practice or virtue rather than a theory as such, “care” involves maintaining the world of, and meeting the needs of, ourself and others. It builds on the motivation to care for those who are dependent and vulnerable, and it is inspired by both memories of being cared for and the idealizations of self. Following in the sentimentalist tradition of moral theory, care ethics affirms the importance of caring motivation, emotion and the body in moral deliberation, as well as reasoning from particulars.

As you can see, Care Ethics is especially useful when one has a child or other dependent, such as an elder parent.

I encourage you to read more about it!


Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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