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Nurs Ethics. 2011 Mar;18(2):161-73. doi: 10.1177/0969733010388924.

A personalist approach to care ethics.

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  • 1sTimul: Care-Ethics Lab, Sint-Maartensplein 13, 8560 Moorsele, Belgium. linus.vanlaere@stimul.be


Notwithstanding the fact that care ethics has received increased attention, it has also faced much criticism. One of the focal points of critics is the normativity of care. Only when the objective normative basis of care is sufficiently clarified can care practices be evaluated and optimized from an ethical point of view. We emphasize that two levels of normativity can be identified: the context level and the foundational anthropology level. The personalist approach to care ethics is normatively stronger, at least on one level, namely the foundational anthropology level. This personalist approach to care ethics indicates in which direction action must be taken so that human action may be considered ethically sound.

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