Who are we
This website is part of the mission of the Foundation Critical Ethics of Care. This foundation aims at contributing to good, citizenship affirming, professionally sound, caring practices (among which healthcare, welfare and teaching practices), decent and just institutions and a society that cares for those who are vulnerable. It does so by developing knowledge on burning issues in society, using a critical, political and empirical interpretation of ethics of care. We consider caring practices to be constitutive for the possibility of living together of diverse groups and persons.
Next to the facilitation of an international research network, the foundation makes the knowledge developed accessible to a larger public through publications, masterclasses and this website.
Currently the editorial staff of the website consists of Eveline Bolt (chair), Jeannet van de Kamp, Brecht Molenaar, Marieke Potma, Tessa Smorenburg and Frans Vosman.
New knowledge on ethics of care continues to be developed and deserves to be shared. Through Academic exchange we offer the opportunity to do so. Should you wish to contribute, mail us.
Fiction, movies, the arts and exhibitions may in some way tell us about professional caring practices, the decency of institutions and the way society looks at caring for those most vulnerable. Through reviews we share thoughts on what we read of see. Should you wish to contribute, mail us.
Care ethicists from around the world present themselves here and inform readers about the way care ethics is being addressed in their country. Should you wish to contribute, mail us.
Burning issues may require multiple articles. Should this be the case we invite scholars in our network to contribute to a series, related to a particular burning issue and should you wish to contribute, Please mail us.
Prof. dr. Frans Vosman
Frans Vosman (1952) studied moral theology and philosophy at Nijmegen University and did a doctorate on economical ethics. He was engaged in medical ethics before he took interest in the ethics of care, at Tilburg University, where he was professor ethics of care. He now holds a chair ethics of care at the University of Humanistics, Utrecht. He is interested in combining conceptual and empirical ethics and in the fundamental political character of the ethics of care. Together with colleagues he does research in a general hospital about patients perspectives and with regard to people with an intellectual disability.
Eveline Bolt (chair)
In August 2012, Eveline Bolt (1959) graduated from Tilburg University. Focus in her work is quality of care for elderly and homeless people and her pre-master and masterthesis focused on these subjects. Ethics of care is thereby the entrypoint for her research, development and training activities. In the town she lives in, she is part of the board advising the city council on issues in the area of care and community development.
Jeannet van de Kamp
Jeannet van de Kamp (1957) has master’s degrees in both Theology and Ethics of Care and is currently a PhD-candidate at the VU-University of Amsterdam. In her thesis she examines, from a care-ethical perspective, how citizen-patients are seen in the context of the upcoming experience economy. More specifically, she examines how ‘patient-experience-central’ market models deal with the concepts of vulnerability and suffering. She works as a freelance pastor and as a consultant at the Dutch Center for Consultation and Expertise (CCE), where she advises in complex care practices.
Brecht Molenaar (1965) has master’s degrees in Ethics of Care, Humanistic Studies and Dutch Linguistics and Literature. She has been working as a humanistic spiritual counsellor for twenty years in the domain of healthcare. Developments in the field became a matter of concern to her. Ethics of care became her primary interest, in particular the presence approach as a care ethical way of approaching people in giving good care, social work and education. Currently she is a member of the staff of the foundation that aims at contributing to this kind of care (Dutch: Stichting Presentie). Her focus is on teaching people (especially in higher vocational education) in such care giving and in leading such practices.
Marieke Potma (1965) studies Ethics of Care and Policy (MA) at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht and works as a volunteer in palliative care. Her care ethical attention is focused on ‘Ethique du care’ and figures of vulnerability. She formerly worked as a senior member of staff and as students counsellor in Conservation and Restoration of Art in Amsterdam and studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (BA on Bergson). She is philosophical consultant and organizes workshops in philosophy in the Netherlands and France.
Tessa Smorenburg (1987) graduated as a master in Ethics of Care and Policy at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht (NL) in 2015. Her thesis concerned the discourse of transgender people in Dutch society.
She now cooperates with artists, assuming the role of journalist, and makes use of her knowledge and experience in the field of the ethics of care to provide perspective.
In her own artistic endeavours, like the collages that are her trade, she is intrigued by issues of gender and examining her position in society from a female perspective.
If you have any questions contact us
In our network we find people willing to contribute to the site as well as institutions we feel related to.
The foundation (Dutch: ‘stichting’ ) owning and promoting this website is an institution under Dutch law.
Board members are:
- Mr. J. den Bakker
- Mrs. C.M.M.L. Bontemps-Hommen MD
- Mrs. M. Ouwerkerk
- Mrs. C. van Doorn PhD
The board can be reached at this address:
Foundation Critical Ethics of Care
3527 VX Utrecht, the Netherlands
Registered in the Netherlands Chambre of Commerce (KvK) 64607771