Reflections on Who We Are
Todd May teaches philosophy at Warren Wilson College and is the author of 16 books. He was recently philosophical advisor to the hit series The Good Place.
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Caring is a central aspect of our being. Without it, we would just float along in the world, attaching ourselves superficially to one activity after another as they came up. Caring anchors us to the world and to each other. And yet, understanding what caring is and how it operates in our lives is a challenge. Todd May meets that challenge, canvassing various approaches to care and offering an overview of the key role it plays in our lives.
With wit and insight, May addresses the difficulties between understanding care as a reflective attitude and as an emotion, between care and love, between caring for humans and for non-human animals, between self-care and concern for others, and between care and vulnerability.
1. What is caring?
2. Care ethics
3. Care and the non-human
4. Caring for ourselves
5. Care and vulnerability
“Everyone seems to be talking about care these days, but why should I care? In this book, Todd May offers a lucid and comprehensive overview of the current discussions about the many philosophical meanings of care.” - Joan Tronto, author of Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care