The Caring Person

Virginia Held

in The Ethics of Care

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195180992
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785957 | DOI:
  The Caring Person

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In traditional virtue ethics, attention has not been paid to caring as one of the virtues. This chapter argues that although it is virtuous to be caring, the caring person not only has the right motive or disposition, but also participates adeptly in activities of care and in cultivating caring relations. Caring relations require responsiveness to need, sensitivity, empathy, and trust. It is characteristic of the ethics of care to see persons as relational, yet capable of autonomy.

Keywords: virtues; disposition; caring relations; sensitivity; responsiveness; trust; relational person; autonomy

Chapter.  7404 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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