Philosophy & Religious Studies
Asha Bhandary: The Arrow of Care
Time: Monday , April 20 , 2015 at 4:00 PM
Location: Morgan Hall 109
Asha Bhandary is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Iowa. She specializes in Political and Social Philosophy, and Feminist Ethics.
The Lecture is sponsored by the University Theme Committee, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, the Feminist Action Alliance, the Women's Studies Department, and the Women's Center.
Abbreviated Abstract: Everyone needs to receive care to survive, and many people provide care. Because care arrangements have been obscured by stereotypes about gender and race in many societies, identifying how much care people receive and how much they provide is a significant task of its own. We cannot simply quantify care like money, though, because is provided by people. It is best understood as an arrow that goes from one person towards another person. I call this the “arrow of care,” and it should be used to identify the quantities and intensity of care that individuals provide and receive. After the arrow of care is mapped for a given society, we can then evaluate whether the care arrangements are fair. We should embrace multiculturalism at this stage to permit some diversity in the balancing of care and autonomy. Finally, the arrow of care analysis yields some surprising results. For instance, it reveals the positive value of the traditional Indian practice of arranged marriage as part of a system designed to secure care for everyone.
Coming September 17, 2015: The 29th Annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture:
J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Black Church Studies, at Duke Divinity School. Carter is the author of Race: A Theological Account (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) and in his current works, he reimagines the identity of Jesus and the politics of his identity in light of the new, global realities of the 21st century.
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