Thursday, November 14, 2013

Moral to Care

“In analyzing women’s thinking about what constitutes care and what connection means, I noted women’s difficulty in including themselves among the people for whom they considered it moral to care. The inclusion of self is genuinely problematic not only for women but also for society in general. Self-inclusion on the part of women challenges the conventional understanding of feminine goodness by severing the link between care and self-sacrifice; in addition, the inclusion of women challenges the interpretive categories of the Western tradition, calling into question description of human/nature and holding up to scrutiny the meaning of “relationship,” “love,” “morality, and “self.”  ~Carol Gilligan, Mapping the Moral Domain

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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