The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global / Edition 1

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Overview

"Virginia Held assesses the ethics of care as a promising alternative to the familiar moral theories that serve so inadequately to guide our lives. The ethics of care is only a few decades old, yet it is by now a distinct moral theory or normative approach to the problems we face. It is relevant to global and political matters as well as to the personal relations that can most clearly exemplify care." This book introduces Held's version of the ethics of care: its central ideas, its characteristics, and its potential utility. It discusses the feminist roots of this moral approach and why the ethics of care can be a morality with universal appeal. Held examines what we mean by "care," and what a caring person is like.
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"Virginia Held's theory of care is no less substantial than John Rawls' theory of justice. Her probing and engaging analysis of caring values, virtues, actions, and attitudes will become a classic in moral theory."--Rosemarie Tong, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195180992
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Held is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate School and author of Rights and Goods: Justifying Social Action and Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics.

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Table of Contents

1 The ethics of care as moral theory 9
2 Care as practice and value 29
3 The caring person 44
4 Justice, utility, and care 58
5 Liberalism and the ethics of care 76
6 Caring relations and principles of justice 90
7 Care and the extension of markets 107
8 Civil society, rights, and the presumption of care 125
9 Power, care, and the reach of law 138
10 Care and justice in the global context 154
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