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The Ethics of Caring: Bridging Pedagogy and Utopia

reviewed by Candice Shelby - June 10, 2008

coverTitle: The Ethics of Caring: Bridging Pedagogy and Utopia
Author(s): Tammy A. Shel
Publisher: Sense Publishers, Rotterdam
ISBN: 9087902093, Pages: 133, Year: 2007
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Tammy Shel believes that “it is essential to understand how different individuals and societies understand love, caring, leaders, masculinity, and femininity.”  Such understanding will help to bridge differences “because violence stems from an individual’s distress and from her basic understanding of survival within society” (p. 2). Her Ethics of Caring is replete with such argumentation which, as far as I can see, amounts to nothing more than confusion.  The lack of connection among the various lines of investigation and reasoning in this volume is truly stunning.  While Shel’s underlying concern seems to be to promote a gentler, more child-empowering pedagogy, her jumble of ethnography, vague references to philosophy, psychologizing, and simple opining provides no insight into how pedagogy might be brought to bear on her concern. The core of the text is a collection of five case studies of male and female teachers from two public schools and one private school.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 10, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15270, Date Accessed: 8/14/2020 6:50:30 PM

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  • Candice Shelby
    University of Colorado, Denver
    CANDICE SHELBY is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy and University of Colorado Denver. She received her Ph.D. in 1991 from Rice University. Prof. Shelby has published numerous articles in the history of philosophy, particularly in the epistemology and metaphysics of Leibniz, as well as in the areas of care ethics, philosophy of education, and contemporary philosophy of mind. Her most recent publications include "The Addicted Mind", and "What's God Got to do With It? Leibniz and Spinoza on Religion and Ethics". Currently she is working on a book on the implications of a materialist conception of mind for addiction treatment.
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