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Session 1: Rendering Care the Meaning of Politics

Chaired by Jorma Heier M.A. (Osnabrück University, Germany)

In 1993, when Tronto formulated her ground-breaking title A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care, the political viewpoint from which she conceptualized care was rather radical, even among the relatively newly emerging body of literature centred around care practices. Despite the fact that all feminist theorizing shares the default recognition of ´the private` as being political, Joan Tronto was the first to name care in the same breath with the political in a place as exposed as a book title. And even twenty years later, relating care to the political, and especially political theory, has not lost any of its original radicalness. The contributions in this session all take up Tronto’s claim that we “cannot understand an ethic of care until we place such an ethic in its full moral and political context” (1993, 125). They outline what political thought and practice will look like if we render care the meaning of politics. They give an anatomy of active attention in caring activities, look at ways to identify and overcome privileged irresponsibility in the context of political segregation, engage the claim a caring society makes on democracy, liberty and equality and outline a caring bureaucracy for political institutions.

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Working conference Ethics of Care, 1-3 November 2012; a brief report of the proceedings

There is no singular European view on the ethics of care, as there are too many differences between views and the development(s) with regard to care ethics varies greatly among countries. Even the question what ‘care’ actually means, does not appear to have  a straightforward answer. Continue reading Working conference Ethics of Care, 1-3 November 2012; a brief report of the proceedings

“Care and Disability” European Journal of Disability Research

For thirty or so years in Anglo-Saxon countries, and more recently in France, the ethics of care[1] (a Human and Social Sciences school of thought) has criticised the idea borne by progressive thinking since the Age of Enlightenment of an autonomous rational being existing within itself (the modern, Cartesian, western subject)[2]. Continue reading “Care and Disability” European Journal of Disability Research