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Contribution to Book



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19 p.

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Peeters Publishers

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Care, Compassion and Recognition: An Ethical Discussion

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The ethics of care has developed as a movement of allied thinkers, in different continents, who have a shared concern and who reflect on similar topics. This shared concern is that care can only be revalued and take its societal place if existing asymmetrical power relations are unveiled, and if the dignity of care givers and care receivers is better guaranteed, socially, politically and personally.

In this first volume of a new series leading care ethicists from Europe and the United States focus on the moral significance of two concepts in the debate that ask for further reflection. In discussion with the work of Axel Honneth on recognition and the work of Emmanuel Housset on compassion a contribution is made to a reconsideration of recognition and compassion from an ethics of care perspective.


Published version. "Humane Dignity," in Care, Compassion and Recognition: An Ethical Discussion. Eds. Carlo Leget, Chris Gastmans, and Marian Verkerk. Walpole, MA: Peeters Publishers, 2011: 163-181. Publisher link. © 2011 Peeters Publishers. Used with permission.

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