Bridging Gaps: Care, Rights And Virtue

Gheaus, Anca (2001). Bridging Gaps: Care, Rights And Virtue. MPhil thesis The Open University.



The aim of this paper is to argue that the ethic of care and an ethics
conceptualised in terms of rights are complementary approaches, which can be integrated into the same ethical discourse. The starting point of the analysis will be the observation that the language and the content of morality can not be reduced to rights: Departing from the experience of being sensitive towards others as a daily component of women’s moral life, and noticing the impossibility of translating this experience into the language of rights, feminists have claimed that the standards of moral maturity which function in our society (i.e. the ability to formulate moral dilemmas in terms of rights and duties) are an expression of a masculine way of conceiving morality and, as a result, deprive women of the status of full moral agency.

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