The Study of Caring

Care ethics is a unique ethical framework that’s different from most of the others.  Like the name suggests, care ethics is a framework rooted in caring for yourself as well as others, and has to do with personal relationships and emotions more than the other frameworks (Whyte and Cuomo, 2017). Its closest to the framework of virtues than anything else since neither have to do with moral reasoning or impersonality.

Another aspect of care ethics that should be accounted for, is the population who uses it. As described in “The Cost of Caring” by Rachel Aviv and Patricia Collins, care ethics is usually practiced by women, oppressed groups, and non- western societies. Its like this because groups other than these would rather use any of the other ethical frameworks that use logic and reasons that use one that’s based on emotions and caring. That doesn’t necessarily mean care ethics is unreliable or not a good choice, it just means that groups who don’t use it are more interested in a gain/loss ratio, logical reasoning, and results. Because of this however, care ethics is used in topics pertaining the environment, civil rights, and overall decisions based on people closely related to you making it a powerful tool if you want to tug the heart string of your audience or whoever else is making the decision.