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ERIC Number: EJ989072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
The Language of Care Ethics
Noddings, Nel
Knowledge Quest, v40 n5 p52-56 May-Jun 2012
From its inception in the early 1980s, interest in care ethics has grown rapidly. The language of care ethics has arisen largely from women's experience, but that is not to say that it is inaccessible to men. It does suggest, however, some beneficial changes in male experience and education, just as women's participation in mathematics--long almost exclusively a male domain--has encouraged changes in female experience. To understand and appreciate care ethics, one must become acquainted with the basic ideas and language. In this article, the author discusses the language of care ethics as a relational ethic. The language of care ethics suggests to casual readers or listeners that caring is a warm, fuzzy feeling that cannot do much to identify or solve moral problems. But the words "care," "attention," "empathy," "response," "reciprocity," and "receptivity" all have special meaning in care ethics, and caring--far more than a fuzzy feeling--is a moral way of life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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