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The Morality of Care – Its Origin, Reception and Further Development from the Point of View of the Psychology of Morality
Pikhartová Alena
Gilligan’s research on women considering abortion was a turning point in the field of moral psychology and its methodology. Gilligan discovered a new aspect of morality by using a real-life moral dilemma. She was confronted with strong methodological criticism. Further research did not confirm the assumption of male and female morality. However, two coexisting moral orientations are generally acknowledged: an orientation towards justice and an orientation towards care. This has given rise to a relatively new philosophical current called the ethic of care. Its groundwork is the perspective of care focusing on people’s needs, improving real relationships and cultivating sensitivity towards the present situation.

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