Conceptual, philosophical and political perspectives on care

Marian Barnes

in Care in everyday life

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428233
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307686 | DOI:
Conceptual, philosophical and political perspectives on care

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This chapter highlights three key elements of feminist care ethics: an emphasis on human individuals as relational and hence the universality of the need for care; the moral principles of care ethics, and the relationship between care and justice. It identifies care ethics as one of a number of normative positions that seeks to emphasise the importance of connections between people, such as Ubuntu in African philosophy and Whanaugatanga in Maori culture. But it distinguishes feminist care ethics from both communitarianism and from theories of social capital.

Keywords: Interdependence; Embodiment; Emotionality; Moral reasoning; Contextuality; Moral principles; Social justice; Recognition

Chapter.  10427 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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