Module 7 Notes.docx - Module 7 The Ethics of Care and Fostering Relationships This week we analyze case material in terms of maintenance of relations of

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Module 7: The Ethics of Care and Fostering Relationships This week we analyze case material in terms of maintenance of relations of care. The ethics of care is a recent addition and still under development. In this module, we will draw on how the ethics of care has been presented in two significant authors, psychologist Carol Gilligan and educationalist Nel Noddings. Both authors can be described as participating in a rethinking of feminist philosophy in terms of the distinctive experience of women. Most proponents of the ethics of care are women. They have argued that the experience of maternal care and attachment is essential to understanding human morality and ethics. Yet it has largely been passed over as being of secondary importance or irrelevant. Proponents of the ethics of care find such a position suspect. In addition to the Discussion response, your Written Case Analysis 6 is due this week. Please read Thinking Critically About Ethical Issues, Case 11, p. 120. Identify the moral issue(s) and the parties involved; identify what virtues are at stake or which relationships of care are at stake. Please see the syllabus for more information on the assignment. Perspective Let’s go back to our opening example from the previous module. We had said then that a person who helps others, and does it graciously and with genuine enjoyment in benefiting others, is a morally virtuous individual. Aristotelian virtue ethics would explain the virtue of generosity as a state of character. It is how an individual is on the “inside,” even when not engaging in relations with others. Of course to be generous, we need to have interacted with other people, and virtue ethics views human individuals as part of a community. Perspective 2 Nevertheless, Aristotelian virtue ethics also believes that there is such a thing as human nature, something that each one of us is, essentially, “on the inside,” and that virtue has to have a rational component in the fully virtuous individual. The ethics of care reverses these two ideas. The primary moral fact is relationality, and the full development of moral acumen occurs only in the examination of particular experiences of being in relation with others. Think of the various relationships you are in. Do you think and act in the same way in all of them, or do the people you interact with make you “be who you are"? Objectives When you complete this module, you should be able to: Analyze case material in terms of maintenance of relations of care . Assignment Overview Items to be Completed Due No Later Than: Read assigned material Post an initial response to the discussion question Thursday 11:59 PM Post responses to at least two classmates Sunday 11:59 PM Submit Written Case Analysis 6 Sunday 11:59 PM Reading During this module you are required to read the following in Ethical Choices , 2 nd edition: Introduction, pp. 249-250 The Care Perspective, pp. 253-256 Foundations of and Ethics of Care, pp. 257-260 Care and Virtue, pp. 261-262
Introduction, pp. 249-250 The Care Perspective, pp. 253-256 Foundations of and Ethics of Care, pp. 257-260

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