Appreciative ethics of care

The 23rd Word Congress of Philosophy- Copyright © 2013

FORMAT | Presented paper              

LANGUAGE | English

HOW TO CITE| SANDU, Antonio (2013). Appreciative ethics of care. Prezentat la The 23rd Word Congress of Philosophy, Atena, 2-10 August 2013, Grecia.

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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. In its normative model, the ethics of care aims to maintain inter-relations and their transformation into a network of social relations involving them both: care-givers and care-receivers.
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 of human rights. Carol Gilligan formulated the principles of ethics of care, which are opposed to theory of moral development proposed by Kohlberg. Kohlberg’s model, as Gilligan says, is a “male” perspective on moral reasoning perspective, which contrasts the care perspective that comes from hearing other significant voices in moral development: women, children, etc.


ethic of virtue, ethics of care, feminist ethics, Gilligan, Noddings.