The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, Global

Paperback | June 7, 2007

byVirginia Held

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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 isrelevant to global and political matters as well as to the personal relations that can most clearly exemplify care. This book clarifies just what the ethics of care is: what its characteristics are, what it holds, and what it enables us to do. 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 acaring person is like. Where other moral theories demand impartiality above all, the ethics of care understands the moral import of our ties to our families and groups. It evaluates such ties, focusing on caring relations rather than simply on the virtues of individuals. The book proposes how suchvalues as justice, equality, and individual rights can "fit together" with such values as care, trust, mutual consideration, and solidarity. In the second part of the book, Held examines the potential of the ethics of care for dealing with social issues. She shows how the ethics of care is more promising than Kantian moral theory and utilitarianism for advice on how expansive, or not, markets should be, and on when other values thanmarket ones should prevail. She connects the ethics of care with the rising interest in civil society, and considers the limits appropriate for the language of rights. Finally, she shows the promise of the ethics of care for dealing with global problems and seeing anew the outlines of internationalcivility.

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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 isrelevant to global and political matters as well as...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.6 inPublished:June 7, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195325907

ISBN - 13:9780195325904

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Table of Contents

Part I Care and Moral Theory1. The Ethics of Care as a Moral Theory2. Care as Practice and Value3. The Caring Person4. Justice, Utility, and Care5. Liberalism and the Ethics of Care6. Caring Relations and Principles of Justice7. Care and the Extension of Markets8. Civil Society, Rights, and the Presumption of Care9. Power, Care and The Reach of Law10. Care and Justice in the Global Context

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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