It directs our attention to the character traits that underlie our actions and

It directs our attention to the character traits that

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who are responsible for these actions. It directs our attention to the character traits that underlie our actions and our commitments. It also focuses our attention on how concepts of the good life both anchor our views about the good society and grow out of particular societies. An ethic of care adds yet another dimension. It reminds us of the importance of human relationships. It places moral value on communities as well as persons and asserts that our actions take place in the context of relationship: our decisions should consider existing relationships and are often carried out via social action. Doing the right thing and living the morally good life must be understood in the context of trust, reciprocity and concern for others. Decision Procedure 1. Direct your moral attention to others. 2. Be open to sympathetic understanding. 3. Be aware of the need to sustain and preserve networks of care. 4. Act on the basis of this process. 5.Shortcut to action: What would my ideal caring self do?
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1986. Second edition, 2003. vi Virginia Held, The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political and Global. Oxford University Press, 2005 vii Rita Manning, Caring: A Feminist Perspective on Ethics. Rowman & Littlefield, 1992 viii Lawrence Kohlberg, The Philosophy of Moral Development. New York: Harper & Row, 1981 ix Nona Lyons, "Two perspectives on self, relationship, and morality". Harvard Educational Review 53 (1983) 125-145
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