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Care and Commitment : Taking the Personal Point of View - Jeffrey Blustein

Care and Commitment

Taking the Personal Point of View

Hardcover Published: 24th October 1991
ISBN: 9780195067996
Number Of Pages: 284

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In this book, Blustein presents the first study of an ethics of care, offering a detailed exploration of human "care" in its various guises: concern for and commitment to individuals, ideals, and causes. Blustein focuses on the nature and value of personal integrity and intimacy, and on the questions they raise for traditional moral theory. Among the topics considered are: what is the nature of caring as such? what do we (and should we) care about? what is implied by the claim that caring supports a sense of the meaningfulness of our lives? how does caring benefit the one who cares and what is the good of care? how do we care about caring? Clearly and accessibly written, this book takes a fresh look at the issues surrounding personal values and relationships.

"A rich and complex work...on an important topic, and I find many of Blustein's arguments and his rich, almost phenomenological, descriptions compelling."--Philosophical Review "Blustein is a particularly interesting moral philosopher because of his continuing discussion of personal ethics....Refreshing and useful....This good book raises all the right questions about partial and impartial commitments."--Cross Currents "A rich and complex work...on an important topic, and I find many of Blustein's arguments and his rich, almost phenomenological, descriptions compelling."--Philosophical Review "Blustein is a particularly interesting moral philosopher because of his continuing discussion of personal ethics....Refreshing and useful....This good book raises all the right questions about partial and impartial commitments."--Cross Currents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Caringp. 15
The Importance of Caring and Caring About What is Importantp. 17
What Caring Isp. 27
Caring and Personal and Impersonal Valuep. 42
The Good of Carep. 53
Caring About Caringp. 61
Integrityp. 67
Williams and Integrityp. 69
Integrity and Self-Indulgencep. 82
Wholes and Unitiesp. 90
Lack of Integrityp. 93
Integrity and Practical Necessityp. 113
Integrity: Form and Contentp. 121
Integrity and the Unity of a Lifep. 130
Integrity and Self-Transformationp. 139
Intimacyp. 143
Caring About Othersp. 145
Personal and Nonpersonal Relationsp. 154
Love and Friendshipp. 166
Particularity and Irreplaceabilityp. 191
The Value of Individualsp. 203
Morality and Personal Relationsp. 217
Conclusion: Intimacy and Integrityp. 231
Notesp. 237
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780195067996
ISBN-10: 0195067991
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 24th October 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.49