Comprehending Care

Comprehending Care

by Tove Pettersen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739126164

ISBN-13: 9780739126165

Pub. Date: 02/01/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

American psychologist Carol Gilligan holds that dominant ethical theories, with their strong emphasis on rights and justice, fail to see how care is an indispensable part of moral life. This failure weakens their credibility as adequate, universal ethical theories. In Comprehending Care, Tove Pettersen investigates whether an ethics of care really does give voice

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Overview

American psychologist Carol Gilligan holds that dominant ethical theories, with their strong emphasis on rights and justice, fail to see how care is an indispensable part of moral life. This failure weakens their credibility as adequate, universal ethical theories. In Comprehending Care, Tove Pettersen investigates whether an ethics of care really does give voice to a normative perspective that traditional moral theory has disregarded. More specifically, she considers whether Carol Gilligan's own theoretical contribution is an ethical theory of care, and if it is likely to contribute to such a revised understanding. Pettersen demonstrates that central elements in a consistent and justifiable ethics of care theory can in fact be extracted from her works. Comprehending Care is appropriate for upper level students and researchers in philosophy and ethics.

About the Author:
Tove Pettersen is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy. Classics, and History of Art and Ideas, and a post-doctor and research leader in the Ethics Programme at the University of Oslo

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739126165
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
0.51(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
The Perspective of Care     1
Gender Issues and Criticism     17
Normative Foundations and Formal Features     31
Care, Cognition, and Emotions     51
Care and Traditional Moral Theory     65
Care and Justice     85
Distributing Mature Care     113
Conditional Care     135
Why Care? Ethical Justification of Thick Care     151
The Circles of Care     171
Bibliography     185
Index     197

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