Lecture 7 - Ethics of Care People with integrity = ability to care for others and foster good relationships Care = requires you take concrete action to

Lecture 7 - Ethics of Care People with integrity = ability...

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Ethics of Care ° People with integrity = ability to care for others and foster good relationships ° Care = requires you take concrete action to look after the needs of others ° Caring for others + Fostering good relationships 1. Humans are essentially social creatures – we live and work in groups 2. We cannot accomplish many of the tasks we need to undertake unless we can foster good relationships ° ° What is care? A basic human capacity to recognize and respond to the needs of others and to moderate our behavior by appealing to the good or harm it might cause to others Martin Hoffman – moral psychologist o Sees care as growing out of our natural capacity for empathy Impulse to help can be undermined… o Blaming victim for his own distress o Feeling overwhelmed by the distress of others o By consciously avoiding the awareness of the distress of others We have a natural impulse to prioritize needs of those close to us, but we can use this to be responsive to distant others as well Because there is a natural basis for care, care as a moral perspective can be both a strong motivation for doing the right thing and can provide a basis for recognizing right actions Care = a META-virtue o It provides an organizing principle for all the other virtues
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