"The ethics of care: a road map" by Prof Frans Vosman

Past Event

15 October 2014, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This seminar is hosted by the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and The Oxford Martin School, and funded by the John Fell Fund.

Speaker: Professor Frans Vosman, Chair Ethics of Care, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The ethics of care: a road map
As a young branch of the old tree of ethics, the ethics of care has been interdisciplinary from its conception in the 1980s and fundamentally situates itself as a political ethic − though not yet fully fledged. It introduces critical insights on ethical issues, for example the moral importance of relations between people, of emotions as a source of knowledge, of vulnerability, and of practices of care as sources of moral understanding. This essentially links to the quest for another epistemology: whose knowledge counts and what counts as knowledge? The basic insight in this presentation is that caring and being cared for are the essential constituents of a life lived together.