Care impacts all of our lives intimately. Whether you’re the recipient of care, a caregiver, or both, you know that the practice of care can be fraught with ethical and moral questions. On today’s episode of Examining Ethics, we’re going to discuss the basics of care ethics with Maurice Hamington, a professor at Portland State University whose work on care spans decades. He explains that unlike utilitarianism or virtue ethics, care ethics can be difficult to reduce to a simple set of guidelines.
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- Maurice Hamington kindly provided the list of resources below:
- Madeleine Bunting, Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care (Granta, 2020) [This book is up for a non-fiction prize and the author is well-known in the UK and a contributor to the Guardian.
- The most in-demand care ethicist today is political theorist Joan Tronto who recently retired from the University of Minnesota. Her most recent book is Caring, Democracy: Markets, Equality, and Justice (NewYork University Press, 2013).
- An example of how care has become interdisciplinary is Performing Care: New Perspectives on Socially Engaged Performance (Manchester University Press, 2020)which addresses some of the aesthetics of care.
- A very moving book that challenges ideas about masculinity and care is Worlds of Care: The Emotional Lives of Fathers Caring for Children with Disabilities (University of California Press, 2021) written by an anthropologist.
- There is an International Journal of Care and Caring and an international books series on Peeters Publishers.
- Maurice Hamington, Embodied Care (University of Illinois Press, 2004) and Care Ethics and Poetry (written with a poet, Ce Rosenow)
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s table of contents
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