Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education

Caring A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education What is at the basis of moral action An altruism acquired by the application of rule and principle Or as Noddings asserts caring and the memory of being cared for With numerous examples to supplemen

  • Title: Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education
  • Author: Nel Noddings
  • ISBN: 9780520238640
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • What is at the basis of moral action An altruism acquired by the application of rule and principle Or, as Noddings asserts, caring and the memory of being cared for With numerous examples to supplement her rich theoretical discussion, Noddings builds a compelling philosophical argument for an ethics based on natural caring, as in the care of a mother for her child TheWhat is at the basis of moral action An altruism acquired by the application of rule and principle Or, as Noddings asserts, caring and the memory of being cared for With numerous examples to supplement her rich theoretical discussion, Noddings builds a compelling philosophical argument for an ethics based on natural caring, as in the care of a mother for her child The ethical behavior that grows out of natural caring, and has as its core care filled receptivity to those involved in any moral situation, leaves behind the rigidity of rule and principle to focus on what is particular and unique in human relations.Noddings s discussion is wide ranging, as she considers whether organizations, which operate at a remove from the caring relationship, can truly be called ethical She discusses the extent to which we may truly care for plants, animals, or ideas Finally, she proposes a realignment of education to encourage and reward not just rationality and trained intelligence, but also enhanced sensitivity in moral matters.

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    1. This is an oft cited (and criticized) book in Feminist Ethics. It is one of the earlier attempts to develop a theory of care (to contrast with the justice perspective). She shares in common with previous feminist ethicists a commitment to theorizing about real life (particularly women's lives), and she shares a feminist ontology that understands individuals as constituted by and through relation ("relational selves"). Noddings believes with others that a revaluation of care is necessary both in [...]

    2. Nel Noddings worked in public schools for over two decades before obtaining her Ph.D. in educational theory and philosophy from Stanford University in 1975. She has written many books and is an important voice for feminine epistemology. Noddings establishes the foundation for an ‘ethic of care,’ which is expanded on through her term ‘Caring’ (with a capital ‘C’). Caring occurs: through the relationship between the one-caring and the cared-for; when the one-caring has a displacement o [...]

    3. This is an early text in care ethics. It does have a few significant problems (parochialism and essentialism), but I'm looking forward to reading the later work of Noddings and other care ethicists. Some insights and applications from the first and last chapters remain worth reading.

    4. I am trying to read this book, but I think I will give up. There are many good points in it, but there is just too much that gets up my nose,like when she claims that the only thing that really matters in education is the caring relationship between teacher and pupil. Pardon me, but if we don’t aim for some kind of intellectual growth, why then should children go to school at all? They may as well stay at home with their loving primary carers. Also, it got on my nerves that she talked as if al [...]

    5. I appreciated this book immensely and was very close to giving it 5 stars. There were a couple of sections where it dragged, and I think it probably would have been even more compelling as a 150-page book than as a 200-page book. I got interested in care ethics from reading about (my hero) Jane Addams and her ethical perspectives, which are a sort of precursor. This book nails what seems to me to be a very robust and compelling alternative to rules-based moral frameworks without degenerating int [...]

    6. Stimulating look at how ethics are shaped by relationships and power positions, though the theory could be construed as being quite relativistic. Given the books focus on teaching and parenting, the ethical focus is on subordinates and superiors. This is fine as far as it goes, but many relationships in contemporary society are, to a large degree, with anonymous others at the checkout line or the stop light, and those that are not anonymous are between persons of equal status: co-workers (exclud [...]

    7. There's a lot that can be said about Noddings, and that should be said. She's definitely doing a different kind of ethics than what most of us are used to. It's not heavily analytic. It's explicitly not connected to Kant or Aristotle, which is a nice change of pace.Noddings is an interesting ethicist, and though her theory of ethics with impact bias is interesting, it is worth considering the approach that she's taking in assessing the value of the action, and there should be a conversation abou [...]

    8. This shouldn't be shocking, but as an educator noddings is more interested in education than in ethical theory. Because of this the final chapter, the one on education, is the best section. I also enjoy her conception of reorganizing schools for caring education, though I think that her vision not possible in some subject areas at some levels. Even though her vision is difficult to impossible in those areas, it is very similar in other subject areas to modern methods, though I am not sure if tha [...]

    9. interesting view of philosophy and ethics from a female perspective. according to noddings, to care is to be human and each of our decisions, if we are to be ethical, needs to be framed by how we care for others. nice critique of more esoteric writing by male philosophers(kant, mill, etc.)

    10. This is a MUST READ book, particularly for those working with young people, such as teachers or youth workers. This book is very challenging in how education is currently delivered and how it would be best delivered. Echoes of Buber's 'I-Thou' theology throughout Nodding's musings. LOVE THIS!

    11. Read in a BYU class on education--an interesting professor who suggested, quite scandalously at BYU that hometeaching worked against caring.

    12. One of my favorite education booksI really liked her approach to education and appreciated her pointing out of ways that women can be uniquely strong as teachers.

    13. This book really gets your mind thinking about what it means to connect soul to soul to another human being.

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