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"Emotions as constituents for an ethics of care" by Prof Fabienne Brugère

This seminar is hosted by the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and The Oxford Martin School, and funded by the John Fell Fund.

Speaker: Professor Fabienne Brugère, University of Paris VIII, France

Emotions as Constituents for an Ethics of Care
One cannot reflect on the ethics of care without subscribing to an anthropology of vulnerability of both the cared for and the carer. Vulnerability presupposes the idea that feelings are the motive for the action that underscores ethics. However, can caring be considered as love’s labour (to borrow the title of Eva Feder Kittay’s book)? Love, caring and the construction of emotions produce relations that have to do with the inequality of vulnerability. This inequality means irregularity and instability. Are emotions useful for an ethics of care, especially in very asymmetrical relations with those on the margins of the society (the poor, migrants, women without rights)? We will explore the theme of desentimentalized emotions as an intelligent orientation to care, particularly in relation to social exclusion.

This event is part of a seminar series:

Seminar Series: Care practices: towards a recasting of ethics

This seminar series is hosted by the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and The Oxford Martin School, and funded by the John Fell Fund. As a young and rapidly expanding branch of ethics, the ethics of care offers insights that both practitioners and theorists cannot but consider. It came to prominence as an interdisciplinary endeavour in the eighties when the social scientist, Carol ...

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29 October 2014 12:30 - 14:00

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Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School

34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets)