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Module 7: The Ethics of Care and Fostering RelationshipsThis 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 intwo 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 ofsecondary 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 whatvirtues are at stake or which relationships of care are at stake. Please see the syllabus for more information on the assignment.PerspectiveLet’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 2Nevertheless, 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"?ObjectivesWhen you complete this module, you should be able to:Analyze case material in terms of maintenance of relations of care.Assignment OverviewItems to be CompletedDue No Later Than:Read assigned materialPost an initial response to the discussion questionThursday 11:59 PMPost responses to at least two classmatesSunday 11:59 PMSubmit Written Case Analysis 6Sunday 11:59 PM ReadingDuring this module you are required to read the following inEthical Choices, 2ndedition:Introduction, pp. 249-250The Care Perspective, pp. 253-256Foundations of and Ethics of Care, pp. 257-260Care and Virtue, pp. 261-262
Introduction, pp. 249-250The Care Perspective, pp. 253-256Foundations of and Ethics of Care, pp. 257-260