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Bad Care and Injustice

Joan Tronto • University of Minnesota

February 20th @ 6pm  • via Zoom (https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/99404313057)

“Care” involves myriad complicated practices that all take place in a particular society and thus reflect the values of that society.  In a democratic society, we might expect care practices to reflect a commitment to democratic values of equality, freedom and justice.  But to try to extrapolate a prescription for such ideal practices will probably produce a scheme that cannot explain how to reconcile such an ideal to the realities of existing inequality, denials of freedom, and injustice.  Just as recent political theorists have turned from exploring an ideal theory of justice to investigate instead the nature of injustice, so too it will be more fruitful to reflect upon bad care to see how to care in a way that will more fully embody democratic values.  Indeed, we might ask, is bad care a form of injustice?  And most importantly, what should we do? What are good care practices in the midst of injustice?  The talk will address some specific forms of bad care and what to do about them, as well as reflect upon the more general issue.

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