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Emotions and Care: Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Editors:  Bourgault S., Pulcini E.

Year: 2018
ISBN: 978-90-429-3711-6
Pages: VI-262 p.
Price: 65 EURO

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This volume explores the connections between emotions and care—understood here as a practice, an ethical ideal and a moral disposition. Ever since its origins in the early 1980s, the ethics of care has been built on the presupposition that there are intimate links between our emotional lives and care. Nonetheless, relatively little scholarship has been devoted to the close study of these connections or to an exploration of the ‘darker’ emotions that can often accompany care. This edited volume hopes to address this relative neglect in the literature by offering interdisciplinary perspectives on the matter. Penned by scholars from different parts of the world, the essays in this volume seek to bring greater conceptual articulacy into our discussions of the ways emotions can motivate or thwart care. Some contributors also offer critical assessments of care ethics scholarship—discussing, for instance, the feminist stakes in the debate over the significance of emotions for care. Other contributions propose novel ways of exploring the ties between emotions and care by bringing new voices and authors into the debate—mostly from phenomenological, literary and anthropological circles.

This collection includes contributions from: Monika Betzler, Caterina Botti, Sophie Bourgault, Fabienne Brugère, Guido Cusinato, Luigina Mortari, Inge van Nistelrooij, Patricia Paperman, Elena Pulcini, Vincenzo Sorrentino, and Rossana Trifiletti.

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