Care Ethics reading assignment

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1 Care Ethics- Reading Assignment 1. Is care ethics a moral theory like Kantianism or Utilitarianism? Yes and no… Yes, because Kantianism argues that the motive of an individual who carries out the action makes them morally right or wrong and Utilitarianism argue that “the greatest good is for the greatest number of people” (Mill). This is similar to Virginia Held’s believe that the care ethics are both practice and value. No, because it values certain kinds of emotions that is disregarded by Kantianism and Utilitarianism. Unlike Kantianism and Utilitarianism, the care ethics can be applied to both public and private sectors of life. 2. What are the five ‘major features’ of the ethics of care? First feature is “on the compelling moral salience of attending to and meeting the needs of particular others for whom we take responsibility” (Chapter 19 The Ethics of Care). In another words, the care ethics attends to the needs of others that we take responsibility for. It focuses on the concern for human life and the moral values it. Second feature is “in the epistemological process of trying to understand what morality would recommend and what would be morally best for us to do and to be…” (Chapter 19 The Ethics of Care). In another words, it is important to understand what is morally appropriate to do in a situation. The care ethics value certain kinds of emotions such as sympathy, empathy, sensitivity and responsiveness rather that reject emotions all together. It is believed that not all emotions are terrible and that they sometimes give good information. It is important to be able to read the emotions of others and know how to respond accordingly. This is similar to Aristotle’s responding appropriately to emotions.
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2 Third feature of the care ethics is that it “rejects the view of the dominant moral theories that the more abstract the reasoning about a moral problem the better, since the more likely to avoid bias and arbitrariness, and the more nearly to achieve impartiality. The ethics of care respects rather than removes itself from the claims of particular others with whom we share actual relationship” (Chapter 19 The Ethics of Care). It basically questions the abstract rules and universality of the dominant moral theories and focus on actual relationships such as relationship between family member and friendship. It provides understanding on how relationships are changed and made because a person in caring relations are acting for the sake of self and others simultaneously. Fourth feature of the care ethics is that “it reconceptualizes traditional notions
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2010 for the course PHI 104 taught by Professor Roberteason during the Spring '07 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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