Justice, Care, and Community

Eamonn Callan

in Creating Citizens

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292586
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598913 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Justice, Care, and Community

Show Summary Details


The ethic of care has been advocated by some feminist scholars as an alternative to justice, and hence, as the aim of an alternative conception of political education. This view is shown to be mistaken because it rests on an artificial bifurcation of justice and care: neither the justice nor moral care worth having can be characterized adequately in abstraction from each other. That said, the idea of care insofar as it figures in caring attachment to a particular community of self‐rule—patriotism, in other words—may significantly augment virtue of justice by mitigating the conflicts of interest that threaten a stable liberal regime.

Keywords: care; conflicts of interest; feminism; justice; liberalism; patriotism; political education; self‐rule

Chapter.  14392 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.