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Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E thics Caring or care is a moral sentiment and concern for the well-being of others. As an emotional attitude toward other individuals as individuals, care differs from benevolence or sympathy, which concerns other individuals as human beings in accordance with abstract moral principles.Hence, caring is much deeper and particularized than sympathy. It is certainly not merely a feeling, but also has a cognitive element, that is, understanding another person's real needs, welfare, and situation. Care has generally been taken as one among many important attitudes. Heidegger, however, saw care as the fundamental attitude of Dasein or human being. In the second half of the twentieth century, feminist thinkers have considered care to be the fundamental ethical phenomenon and have attempted to construct an entire ethical approach on its basis, that is, the ethics of care or the caring perspective. “The caring so central here is partly emotional.It involves feelings and requires high degrees of empathy to enable us to discern what morality recommends in our caring activities.” Held, Feminist Morality ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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