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 Liberalism and the Ethics of Care

Virginia Held

in The Ethics of Care

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195180992
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785957 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195180992.003.0006
  Liberalism and the Ethics of Care

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This chapter contrasts the assumptions and implications of the ethics of care with those of traditional liberal individualism, and defends the ethics of care against liberal critiques. It examines the deficiencies of liberalism as a comprehensive morality. It argues for caring relations between fellow human beings as the wider network within which we can agree to treat persons as if they were liberal individuals for the limited purposes of legal and political interactions.

Keywords: liberalism; law; politics; individualism; comprehensive morality; caring relations

Chapter.  7048 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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