Care as Practice and Value

Virginia Held

in The Ethics of Care

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195180992
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785957 | DOI:
  Care as Practice and Value

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This chapter argues that for the ethics of care, “care” is defined as various practices that take place and various values by which to evaluate actual practices. As there are theories of justice to evaluate practices of justice, an ethics of care is needed to evaluate caring practices. The practice of taking care of children or those dependent in other ways or with special needs involves work, and should be done with appropriate motives and should meet appropriate standards. Practices incorporate values, but must also be evaluated to improve them.

Keywords: practice; needs; value; taking care; caring work; children; dependent persons; standards; justice

Chapter.  8172 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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