The Ethic of Care vis-à-vis the Ethic of Rights: A Problem for Contemporary Moral Theory

Hypatia 9 (3):108 - 131 (1994)
Carol Gilligan has delineated two ethics, the ethic of rights and the ethic of care. In this article I argue that the two ethics are part of one overall system, the ethic of care functioning as a necessary base for the ethic of rights. I also argue that the system is seriously flawed. Because women are held accountable to both ethics and because the two ethics frequently conflict, women recurrently find themselves in a moral double bind.
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