On Caring

Nov 24, 2021
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a link to Milton Mayeroff's short (38 page) book on the ethics of caring, written in 1971. There's a lot of really good content in this book, which would be worth reading even independently of this course. It describes caring as taking on a voluntary obligation out of a feeling of devotion, based on a relationship that has a quality of 'being with' another person, seeing from their eyes rather than merely one's own, and as being a type of personal development, not merely subservience or service.

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