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 Caring Relations and Principles of Justice

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/10.1093/0195180992.003.0007
  Caring Relations and Principles of Justice

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This chapter continues the discussion on universalizability in moral theory. It defends the ethics of care against the presumed requirement of dominant moral theories that universal principles of impartiality and reason must always be accorded priority over partial attachments. It defends the ethics of care against feminist critiques that hold that it attends insufficiently to equality for women. It suggests that the model of morality based on impartial justice and liberal individualism is persuasive only for limited legal and political contexts.

Keywords: universalizability; impartiality; reason; justice; models of morality; equality

Chapter.  7694 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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