What is ethics of care

The ethics of care, originally stemming from feminist discussions in the early 1980s, poses some critical questions to contemporary culture and philosophy. The ethics of care derives its name from placing the phenomenon of care at the centre of ethical reflection. Point of departure is the observation that human existence is characterized by all kinds of informal care which are as undervalued as important for the well-being of human beings. Read more »

Who are we

This initiative of this website was taken by a group of Dutch researchers with a common area of interest: the ethics of care (Dutch: www.zorgethiek.nu). In the Netherlands we are organized in two ways:

  • A chair ‘Ethics of Care’ at the Tilburg University, School of Humanities, at Tilburg and the University of Humanistic Studies at Utrecht.
  • A research group ‘Care and Contested Coherence’ consisting of the people associated with the chair plus other researchers working in different Universities in the Netherlands.

The chair has taken initiative to build a European network of people who are working in the area of ethics of care in order to be visible, accessible and become a mutual source of inspiration. This website is one of the central activities, next to conferences and an international publication series.

If you have any questions contact us.


Practice Theories Conference 2014. (held on 24-25 September 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Lustrum Conference 2014. (25th anniversary conference of the University of Humanistic Studies)

Ethics of Care Conference 2013. (held on 10-12 October 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany)

Ethics of Care Conference 2012. (held on 1-3 November 2012 in Utrecht, the Netherlands)