Justice, Utility, and Care

Virginia Held

in The Ethics of Care

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195180992
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785957 | DOI:
  Justice, Utility, and Care

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Care is often contrasted with justice. Historically, care, women, and the household have been devalued and considered irrelevant to morality compared to men’s activities in public life. Kantian moral theory and utilitarianism differ significantly, but both are theories of justice thought suitable for public life, emphasizing impartiality, rationality, universal principles, equality, and rights. This chapter contrasts the ethics of care with such theories, and explores the question of how care and justice might be meshed. It considers how we might conceptualize the fitting together of its various parts into a satisfactory, comprehensive, moral theory.

Keywords: justice; utility; care; women; household; rationality; impartiality; equality; rights

Chapter.  9316 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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