The Heart of Justice: Care ethics and Political Theory

Hardcover | April 26, 2007

byDaniel Engster

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The Heart of Justice proposes a new framework of political justice based upon the practice of caring. Integrating the insights of earlier care theorists with the concerns of traditional justice theorists, Engster forges a new synthesis between care and justice, and further argues that theinstitutional and policy commitments of care theory must be recognized as central to any adequate theory of justice. Engster begins by offering a practice-based account of caring and a theory of obligation that explains why individuals should care for others. He then systematically demonstrates the implications of this account of caring for domestic politics, economics, international relations, and culture. Ineach of these areas, he reviews the contributions of earlier care theorists and then extends their arguments to provide a more complete description of the institutions and policies of a caring society. Care ethics is further put in dialogue with diverse cultural and religious traditions and used toaddress the challenges of multicultural justice, cultural relativism, and international human rights. More fully than other works on care theory, this book provides an over-arching account of the institutions and policies of a caring society. The Heart of Justice provides the first full account of a theory of justice based upon care ethics, and should be of interest to anyone interested in thinkingabout the nature of our moral obligations and the institutions of a just society.

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The Heart of Justice proposes a new framework of political justice based upon the practice of caring. Integrating the insights of earlier care theorists with the concerns of traditional justice theorists, Engster forges a new synthesis between care and justice, and further argues that theinstitutional and policy commitments of care the...

Daniel Engster received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1996). He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of Divine Sovereignty: The Origins of Modern State Power (2001), and has published articles on Michel de Montaigne, Mary Wollstonecraft, and ca...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:April 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214352

ISBN - 13:9780199214358

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Nature of Caring and the Obligation to Care2. Care Theory and Domestic Politics3. Care Theory and Economic Justice4. Care Theory and International Relations5. Care Theory and CultureConclusion

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"In defense of his communitarian political ethic of care, Engster deftly navigates the treacherous waters of liberal theories, spanning the spectrum from John Rawls to Robert Nozick, as he criticizes normative shortcomings in their approaches to political ethics...Highly recommended."--CHOICE