Connections with Care Ethics and Romanticism

Micheal Slote

in The Impossibility of Perfection

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790821
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919185 | DOI:
Connections with Care Ethics and Romanticism

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There seems to be a tension between the present book and care ethics, as practiced by the present author and others. Care ethics privileges thinking traditionally associated with women, but the present book argues that various goods/virtues that patriarchy assigns to only one of the genders actually apply with equal relevance to both. But fully developed care ethics takes in concepts like justice and autonomy that are traditionally associated with men and so as a form of theorizing (something also associated more with men than with women) actually achieves a balance between male and female elements. There is no tension here with the ideas of the present book. The present theory also differs from Romanticism, which allows for the possibility of perfection, but if one takes the Berlinian viewpoint together with care ethics, one can make a two-pronged attack on the Greek and Enlightenment idea that all the virtues can be harmoniously united under the aegis of reason.

Keywords: Care ethics; Enlightenment; Carol Gilligan; Greek thought; Virginia Held; harmony; Friedrich Nietzsche; Nel Noddings; Romanticism

Chapter.  5929 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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