HOW DO WE CARE?

Ethics of Care

In approaching the discourse on planetary thinking, we can benefit from a feminine-informed philosophical movement (pioneered by the prominent American feminist, Carol Gilligan) known as ethics of care. This philosophy posits that in contrast to male dominated ethical outlooks with emphasis on universal moral rules and so on, women focus upon solidarity, community, and caring about each other’s comrades. In ethics of care, attentiveness is front and center. Moreover, ethics of care values emotions and the role emotions play in conceptualization of interrelation between all of us. In other words we are all related and must be attentive to one another.