Caring, objectivity and justice : an integrative view

van Hooft, Stan 2011, Caring, objectivity and justice : an integrative view, Nursing ethics : an international journal for health care professionals, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 149-160.

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Title Caring, objectivity and justice : an integrative view
Author(s) van Hooft, Stan
Journal name Nursing ethics : an international journal for health care professionals
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 149
End page 160
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 0969-7330
1477-0989
Keyword(s) caring
impartiality
justice
normativity
objectivity
sentimentalism
Summary The argument of this article is framed by a debate between the principle of humanity and the principle of justice. Whereas the principle of humanity requires us to care about others and to want to help them meet their vital needs, and so to be partial towards those others, the principle of justice requires us to consider their needs without the intrusion of our subjective interests or emotions so that we can act with impartiality. I argue that a deep form of caring lies behind both approaches and so unites them. In the course of the argument, I reject Michael Slote’s sentimentalist form of an ethics of care, and expound Thomas Nagel’s moral theory, which seems to lie at the opposite end of a spectrum ranging from moral sentiments to impersonal objectivity. Nevertheless, Nagel’s theory of normative realism provides unexpected support for the thesis that a deep and subjective form of caring lies at the base of even our most objective moral reasons.
Language eng
Field of Research 220305 Ethical Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033745

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Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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