Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education
What is at the basis of moral action? An altruism acquired by the application of rule and principle? Or, as Noddings asserts, caring and the memory of being cared for? With numerous examples to supplement her rich theoretical discussion, Noddings builds a compelling philosophical argument for an ethics based on natural caring, as in the care of a mother for her child. The ethical behavior that grows out of natural caring, and has as its core care-filled receptivity to those involved in any moral situation, leaves behind the rigidity of rule and principle to focus on what is particular and unique in human relations.
Noddings's discussion is wide-ranging, as she considers whether organizations, which operate at a remove from the caring relationship, can truly be called ethical. She discusses the extent to which we may truly care for plants, animals, or ideas. Finally, she proposes a realignment of education to encourage and reward not just rationality and trained intelligence, but also enhanced sensitivity in moral matters.
What people are saying - Write a review
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - reganrule - LibraryThing
This is an oft cited (and criticized) book in Feminist Ethics. It is one of the earlier attempts to develop a theory of care (to contrast with the justice perspective). She shares in common with ... Read full review
Other editions - View all
accept action activity actual affect allow already animals approach arises attitude become behave behavior cared-for caring caring relation child circles claim clearly commitment completed consciousness consider contribute course decision depends described desire direct discussion effort emotion encounter engage engrossment enhance establish ethic of caring ethical ideal example experience feeling genuine give human important induces insist intellectual interest intuitive involved justify live look maintain matter mean meet mode moral mother motivation move natural object obligation one-caring ourselves pain parents particular perhaps persons position possibility practice present Press principle problem question reality reason receive receptive reject relation relationship remain requires response result rules schools seems sense situation sort student suggest Suppose talk teacher teaching things tion turn understand University women wrong York