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gary e. davis
December 27, 2007

Humanitarian care is vital to any reality of humanistic union (or prospect for further cultural institutionalization of such an ethos).

This posting is mostly a placeholder for a theme that’s very important for the project that this blog is beginning.

Fellow travelers through the Habermas discussions of recent years might recall my enthusiasm for Michael Slote’s post-Aristotelian, “agent-centered” development of this theme in Morals from Motives, 2001, which is proffered so well there for political thinking, against the Kantian tradition of deontology (which Slote has also critiqued extensively in work of the 1990s).

I’d like to someday gather all of my dispersed enthusiasm into a focus on the merit of all that, relative to Habermas’ critique: a communitarian political ethics that avoids the Habermasian critique of neo-Aristotelians and which may discursively mesh well with the important work of Martha Nussbaum and economist Amartya Sen (as well as Charles Taylor). Slote applies his 2001 work to topical issues in his 2007 Ethics of Care and Empathy.

More than focusing on past notes, though, I need to develop the theme of humanitarian care—beyond the little legacy of postings and beyond Slote (I hope)—in upcoming work elsewhere, which I’ll link to from here. (I’ve made a note to myself to be sure to do that linking here).

Presently, this posting merely sites the importance of this theme for developing a realistic sense of humanistic union. I'll expand it later.

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