Sandra Laugier

Lecture: ‘Ethics as a Politics of the Ordinary’

On 5 November 2014 prof. Sandra Laugier (University of Paris I and Scientific Deputy Director at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, 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. The ethics of care is not based on universal principles, but draws on the experiences of everyday life and the moral problems and practices of humans in their ordinary lives. The notion of care is best expressed not in the form of a theory, but as an activity − care as action and as concern. Care is thus at the same time a practical response to specific needs, an activity necessary to maintaining connections and it is being carried out in both the private and public spheres but it is also a sensitivity to “what matters”. Such an ethics draws our attention to the ordinary, to that what is there but not recognized. It offers the opportunity of expression to humans that are undervalued precisely because they undertake unnoticed, invisible tasks. This inquiry into care practices does not only present a paradigm shift in ethics but also an actual political challenge − where the human condition is redefined by vulnerability instead of autonomy, resilience and self-management.

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Like all lectures in this seminar series it is taped.

Next lecture on 12 November 2014: prof. Elisabeth Conradi. 

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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