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Topic– Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
7) Ethics of Care adopts a different approach and differs from the other major Western ethical theories. Discuss.(250 words)
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the ethics of care theory and bring out the differences between it and the other major Western ethical theories.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the ethics of care theory. E.g Ethics of Care, also known as Care Ethics, has developed historically from the feminist tradition of recognizing, and requiring, that we can and should respond to marginalized members of the community with care and empathy.
- DIscuss about the theory in further detail. E.g Carol Gilligan is credited as being the founder of the EoC. promoted the view that women tended to emphasize empathy and compassion over the notions of justice-based morality; The moral duty of care, which is at the heart of EoC theory, can be contrasted with the legal standard of care, which does not oblige a person to assist others (outside of the narrow class of persons where a legal duty is imposed); The EoC advocates a moral obligation to provide care for marginalized segments of society. Where the carer is the beneficiary of a system established upon and perpetuating historical and/or current inequality, the EoC perspective would call for a heightened duty to care for others etc.
- Discuss the differences between the ethics of care theory and the other major western ethical theories. E.g While deontology and utilitarianism demand impartiality above all, EoC focuses on the moral importance of relationships with families and groups, and on how individuals or societies should respond to a situation or person requiring care; EoC differs from virtue ethics because it focuses on the caring relations rather than the virtues of individuals; In this sense, EoC is a relational ethics, a framework that includes many non-Western ethical approaches such as Chinese Confucian ethics and the African ethics of Ubuntu.
Conclusion- based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.