Brugere Oxford

Lecture: ‘Emotions as constituents for an ethics of care’

On 29 October 2014 prof. Fabienne Brugère (University of Paris VIII, France) held a lecture entitled ‘Emotions as constituents for an ethics of care’.

This lecture was part of the seminar series ‘Care practices: towards a re-casting of Ethics’ organised by the University of Oxford. One cannot reflect on the ethics of care without subscribing to an anthropology of vulnerability of both the cared for and the carer. Vulnerability presupposes the idea that feelings are the motive for the action that underscores ethics. However, can caring be considered as love’s labour (to borrow the title of Eva Feder Kittay’s book)? Love, caring and the construction of emotions produce relations that have to do with the inequality of vulnerability. This inequality means irregularity and instability. Are emotions useful for an ethics of care, especially in very asymmetrical relations with those on the margins of the society (the poor, migrants, women without rights)? We will explore the theme of desentimentalized emotions as an intelligent orientation to care, particularly in relation to social exclusion.

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Like all lectures in this seminar series it is taped.

Next lecture on 5 November 2014: prof. Sandra Laugier. 

About the author: Johanna Gröne

Johanna Gröne

Johanna Gröne (1984) holds a bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from Roosevelt University College, Middelburg. She continued to study medicine for a few years before deciding to focus on the policy level of health care, rather than individual patient care. In august 2013 she graduated from Tilburg University with a master’s degree in Care, Ethics & Policy. She worked at a health insurance company and is currently a member of the local council in Tilburg, as spokesperson for care and welfare.

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