Care as a Basis for Radical Political Judgments

Joan C. Tronto

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The best framework for moral and political thought is the one that creates the best climate for good political judgments. I argue that universalistic theories of justice fall short in this regard because they cannot distinguish idealization from abstraction. After describing how an ethic of care guides judgments, I suggest the practical effects that make this approach preferable. The ethic of care includes more aspects of human life in making political judgments. 1995 by Hypatia, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1995


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