Appreciative ethics of care

5th World Appreciative Inquiry Conference- Copyright © 2012

FORMAT | Poster paper              

LANGUAGE | English

HOW TO CITE| SANDU, Antonio, Cojocaru, D., & Ponea, S. (2012). Appreciative ethics of care. Prezentată la 5th World Appreciative Inquiry Conference, 25-28 aprilie 2012, Ghent, Belgia.

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Ethics of care is a theoretical model centered on the interdependence of the actors involved in the care. The ethics of care takes into account the fact that some communities or individuals are more vulnerable than others, thus requiring further attention. As a moral theory, ethics of care emphasizes the interdependence and relationship elements that are established in the human existence. Among the most important promoters of ethics of care, we mention Milton Mayeroff, who formulated the term of “ethics of care”, Carol Gilligan and Nel Noddings who founded ethics of care as a distinctive moral theory that presents the “voice of care”, seen as an alternative to liberal theories on human rights. Kohlberg’s model, as Gilligan says, is a “male” perspective on moral reasoning, which contrasts the care perspective that comes from hearing other significant voices in moral development, such as: women, children, etc.


Appreciative ethics; ethics of care; voice of care.