As care ethics tries to value the particular bodily experience of patients and caregivers it is by no means very clear how to do so. Recently a book was published by Steven C. van den Heuvel et al., Theological ethics and moral value Phenomena (Routledge, 2018). You are welcome to read a sample: On the basis of an observation of a care scene in the complexity of a general hospital, Frans Vosman proposes to use political phenomenology to address those experiences. He criticizes bioethics for its abstraction of experience. As an alternative, he suggests discovering Gestalt-like figures in care scenes. Continue reading The moral relevance of lived experience
Is the ethics of care approach, critical as it is with regard to Modernity, aware of late Modernity, with its paradoxes of Modernity, e.g.: “thou shalt be autonomous”? Care ethicists Frans Vosman and Alistair Niemijer recently published an article inMedicine, Health Care and Philosophy, on this issue. It is time for a next step in care ethics. This article outlines this next step. Continue reading Rethinking critical reflection on care
In this article Zuzana Uhde (Czech Academy of Sciences) develops a critical analysis of transformations of the idea and practice of women’s emancipation in late-modern western society under the influence of globalizing advanced capitalism. It builds on analyses of feminist critical theory and critical globalization studies and argues that global capitalism initiates processes in which the practice of emancipation is distorted. Continue reading From Women’s Struggles to Distorted Emancipation The interplay of care practices and global capitalism
In Relationale Verantwortung (2016), Jorma Heier reexamines and enriches the care ethical concept of relational responsibility to reframe the political entanglement of harmful structural actions of citizens and institutions in the global North that bear down upon the conditions and migrations of people in the global South. Continue reading Relational responsibility : a matter of care towards past and future
The issue of “comfort women” of Japanese Imperial troops invited us to rethink of how to repair the past war-crime and how to respond to survivors’ claims to seek justice. The article by Yayo Okano argues that the ethics of care and care theories have at least three advantages to answer the questions because it focuses responsively on structural violence, proposes a new idea of relational selves, and takes the social connection model to justice. Continue reading Why has the ethics of care become an issue of global concern?
In Sacrifice: A care-ethical reappraisal of sacrifice and self-sacrifice (2015), Inge van Nistelrooij re-examens a rejected aspect of caregiving in late-modernity: caregiving entails sacrifices even to the extent of sacrificing the self. Continue reading Sacrifice: A care-ethical reappraisal