Care Theory and the Ideal of Neutrality in Public Moral Discourse
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1998 Apr; 23(2): 170-189.
In this paper I argue that Care theory has the resources to offer an insightful and original theoretical perspective on issues in medical ethics. The paper begins with a discussion of the sort of theory Care is, and argues that it closely resembles virtue theory. After a discussion of common features of Care theories, I respond to a few of the criticisms that have been levied against the theory. The final section of the paper is a discussion of the question of neutrality in public moral discourse. Care theory is not a neutral theory with regard to questions of the nature of the good life for humans, but I argue that this should not preclude Care from playing a part in the public debate over policy decisions.
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