The Maternal Factor: Two Paths to Morality

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In this provocative new book, renowned educator and philosopher Nel Noddings extends her influential work on the ethics of care toward a compelling objective-global peace and justice. She asks: If we celebrate the success of women becoming more like men in professional life, should we not simultaneously hope that men become more like women-in caring for others, rejecting violence, and valuing the work of caring both publicly and personally? Drawing on current work on evolution, Noddings develops an answer to this...

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Overview

In this provocative new book, renowned educator and philosopher Nel Noddings extends her influential work on the ethics of care toward a compelling objective-global peace and justice. She asks: If we celebrate the success of women becoming more like men in professional life, should we not simultaneously hope that men become more like women-in caring for others, rejecting violence, and valuing the work of caring both publicly and personally? Drawing on current work on evolution, Noddings develops an answer to this question by locating one source of morality in maternal instinct. She traces the development of the maternal instinct to natural caring and ethical caring, and offers a preliminary sketch of what a care-driven concept of justice might look like. Finally, to promote the causes of caring, peace, and women's advancement, Noddings urges women to abandon institutional, patriarchal religion and to seek their own paths to spirituality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520265509
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,429,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Nel Noddings is Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita at Stanford University. She is the author of many books, including Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education (second edition), Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy, and Women and Evil, all from University of California Press.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 The Evolution of Morality 10

2 The Caring Relation 33

3 Ethical Caring and Obligation 67

4 The Limits of Autonomy 99

5 Relation, Virtue, and Religion 125

6 Emotions and Reason 157

7 Needs, Wants, and Interests 180

8 War and Violence 205

9 Convergence 234

Notes 251

Bibliography 271

Index 281

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