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Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, Second Edition, with a New Preface 2nd Edition
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Aesthetically, Nodding's book is a marvel. Unlike what some of the trite student reviewers here would have one believe, Nodding's book is fluidly, lucidly, and tenderly written. Rather than merely spewing psychological rhetoric, Noddings introduces and explains her subject carefully, eloquently, and beatufiully. This book makes it clear that Noddings is not only an educator and thinker but a true writer as well.
Her explanation and development of her arguments for an ethic of care is, in my opinion, unparalleled. I was not reading her book for it's educational implications, and did not read those chapters. I was reading in research of a groundwork for spiritual ethics, and though Noddings is adamant that her ethic is not grounded in agapism (an argument she supports admirably) there is a certain spirituality that underlies her work, though this is not based in any kind of transcendent Goodness, but rather the immanent bonds that hold people and their environment together.
I had been a student and advocate of traditional rights based ethics for years, but reading this book (in conjunction with Carol Gilligan's work) has made a convert of me. Although Noddings stresses the fact that an ethic of care must be situational and each case considered in its context, her ethic also lends itself extremely well as a model for faith (in the sense James Fowler uses the word) and a model for being in the world.
This was truly a paradigm shifting read for me, which is why I give it the 5 stars.Read more ›
However, I have written two term papers on the "Ethic of Care" or "Feminine Ethic" she proposes in the book (which has required me reading that section at least 20 times). I can say that she has written an ethic that is horribly misunderstood by most readers. If you actually take the time to philosophically analyze her theory, you will find it incredibly more complicated than a cursory read shows. The implications of her theory are astounding, and it should not be underappreciated.
There are a few reviews here which make untenable claims about her introducing nothing new to the issue of morality, a completely ludicrous claim. Her Ethic of Care is not simple by any definition, and her book is part of a revolution that centers moral thought on concrete caring relationships instead of abstract, universal concepts such as justice and truth.
Her claim that men and women think about morality differently is not unjustifiable: men ruled philosophical and ethical thought for 2500 years and no ethic of care resulted; women have been on the philosophy scene for about 30 years and a whole revolution in moral thought has taken place, mostly in this direction. If that's not evidence, what is?
Her theory has intrigued me enough to want to buy this book and read beyond the philosophical chapters to those that concentrate more on educational praxis. I would like to teach one day, albeit at a collegiate level, and I think she would offer a very interesting perspective on education and teaching.
P.S. Anyone that teaches at Columbia and Stanford does not write "trash" ipso facto, as some people writing negative reviews have stated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms. Noddings is by far one of the most widely cited modern feminist educational gurus of our time. Truly, insightful in providing a basis for restorative justice models today.Published 4 months ago by Marla Hyatt
Noddings...what can I say she is a phenomenal writer and prolific scholar! Love this book and her work! Even though a used copy it was in excellent condition thank you seller! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mimi
This book was awful and I only read it because it was required for my graduate program.Published 19 months ago by Duquesnegirl
I used this book as the basis of my review of literature in my dissertation. It contains a wealth of knowledge.Published on July 20, 2014 by Avril El-Amin
helped with my research, im a prof and doctoral studentPublished on July 3, 2014 by Réagan Lorraine Lavorata
I wish I had kept track of the frequency with which this book has been cited in all my readings. This is a book that I've returned to again and again. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Alicia Crumpton
My daughter has added this book to her PHd library of books. It came in great shape, on time, and has been a good addition to her research.Published on September 21, 2013 by Grammy
The subject of ethics and morality has always baffled me .There are layers and layers of the subject . Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by vidyanand