By J. L. Mackie
Hume's ethical conception was once crucial contribution to the sustained debate one of the British Moralists of the seventeenth and 18th centuries. J. L. Mackie's vintage textual content examines this debate and gives a great creation to a couple of the most difficulties of ethical philosophy.
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The authors asked the students to describe the behaviors that they believed sent the signal that the faculty member had given up on them, what they as students did about the situation, and what behaviors a faculty member could engage in that would signal they had not given up on the student’s learning. Hawk and Lyons found that the faculty giving up behaviors could be described as either lacking in recognition respect for the student as an individual or lacking in appraisal respect for the student as a learner (Darwall 1977; Hult 1980; Diller 1993, 1996; Boyd 1993; Applebaum 1996), ranging from mild severity to strong severity.
Each of these different approaches to the meaning of justice carry with it different answers to the questions (1) what rights do people deserve, (2) what is the minimum for each of 1 An Ethic of Care: A Relational Ethic for the Relational Characteristics . . 13 those rights, (3) who deserves the rights and when, and (4) how to resolve conflicts among rights. None of the conceptions or definitions of justice adequately addresses the four questions, a conclusion also echoed in MacIntyre (1988). So the differing and inconsistent meanings of the term justice and the absence of agreement suggests that perhaps Slote is right to focus an ethic of care on its own path to embrace the political and legal domains without attending to the calls of the justice advocates to meet their own conception of justice.
Although there may be legal or formal constraints placed on the relationship, such as the teacherstudent relationship or the nurse-patient relationship, they do not displace or weaken the caring relationship. Commitment requires steadfastness to the relationship, even in difficult times, by both the one caring and the one cared for. And confirmation asks the one caring to see the one cared for as he or she sees himself or herself in the most positive light, what potentially might be. The caring relationship defines both individuals but it does not sacrifice either individual.