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A history of care

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The charity of religious was not without ambiguities. It rooted in the patronising charity of rich individuals, and was shaped in an ascetic and dualistic Catholic philosophy of life that was characterised by a lack of emotional closeness and affection. Therefore, to revaluate the charity of religious requires a critical review and not unreserved praise. This chapter depicts the works of charity as an extensive religious care practice in the fields of care, social work and education, and reclaims this as a substantial part of our social and moral history. It looks at these matters from the point of view of the ethics of care, especially according to the theory of the political philosopher Joan Tronto. But first it discusses the connection between history and ethics with the author describing a historical phenomenon from an ethical point of view.

Keywords: Catholic charity; ethics of care; Joan Tronto; religious care practice; social work



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