Surviving as a Form of Life

The Ethics of Care as a Critique of the Ideal of the Successful Life: do individuals universally prioritize self-development? In this short book, Frans Vosman challenges this notion, highlighting a cultural group focused on survival. Vosman advocates using ‘form of life’ and ‘cultural class’ to research political ethics, challenging hegemonic ideals. Continue reading Surviving as a Form of Life

We should also discuss quality of life

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte keeps tellings us: what we do or don’t do in our care system is fully motivated by safety reasons from beginning to end: ‘It is better to be safe than sorry.’ Then again, is safety the only valid criterion left when discussing what care should look like in times of Corona? Haven’t we got anything better?

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Maurice Hamington and Michael Flower will join a virtual event with the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Houston on Friday, November 19 at noon (CST) for the launch of their new book, Care Ethics in the Age of Precarity. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information.

This book assembles an international group of interdisciplinary scholars to explore the question of care theory as a response to market-driven capitalism. It offers a hopeful tone in the growing valorization of care, demonstrating the need for an innovative approach to precarity within entrenched systems of oppression and a change in priorities around the basic needs of humanity.

Reflections on ‘Sorry we missed you’

Film director Ken Loach builds a strong case against the human cost of the gig-economy in his latest movie Sorry we missed you. It is also a thoroughly political film, about things we regard as ordinary, not seeing what is just in front of our eyes. It shows the essential vulnerability of human experience. The political nature of care ethics is paramount.

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