Care and Professions in a Globalized World
Barcelona, Spain | November 5-7, 2009
Under the direction of Professor Ana Marta González (University of Navarra), the Social Trends Institute held a weekend-long Experts Meeting to focus on the caring professions. The tensions that have arisen within the practice of care in recent history have been dramatic, so much so, in fact, that they have prompted the development of an "Ethics of Care," a theory that stresses the foundational nature of relationships. Giving a formidable challenge to modern moral approaches and the cultures that give expression to them, the ethics of care ask all persons to reconsider just how far individualism can be taken and whether or not situations of profound dependency highlight, in a special way, the pitfalls and failures of some modern sensibilities.
While the cultures of the developed world largely emphasize individual autonomy, modern developed societies are increasingly becoming marked by the escalation of situations of dependency. This phenomenon prompts an all important question for these societies, especially those with aging populations: How can we harmonize our modern self-consciousness as independent human beings with the fact that we are dependent and need to be cared for? In other words, how can we harmonize care for individuals with respect for individuals? Speakers:David Smith
- Yale UniversityCarefree in Barcelona
Michael Slote -
University of MiamiThe Philosophical Theory Behind Caring
- SUNY Stony BrookThe Completion of Care
- University of New South WalesProfessionalizing Care - A Necessary Irony?
- University of WolverhamptonRespect and Care in the Context of Nursing Practice: Polarized or Synergistic?
- IESE Business SchoolThe Professionalization of the Culinary Field
- Pontifical University of the Holy CrossTrust, Care, and Relationships: Alasdair MacIntyre and the World of ProfessionsDiscussants:
- National Academy of Sciences María Pia Chirinos
- Pontifical University of the Holy CrossMatthew B. Crawford
- Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia Paloma Durán
- Complutense University, Madrid Pilar León Sanz
- University of NavarraWilliam F. May
- Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of VirginiaMelissa Moschella
- Princeton UniversityAlejandro Nestor García
- University of NavarraMercedes Pérez
- University of NavarraJulia Prats
IESE Business SchoolAmparo Zaragoza
- University of Navarra
Ana Marta González
- University of Navarra
STI looks forward to presenting the resulting publication, which will contain the papers presented at the conference, as well as a few specially commissioned pieces, in 2012.