Connected Lives examines the account of human nature that is implicit in an ethics of care, a picture of human lives that emphasizes interdependency, embodiment, and social connectedness. The book makes important connections to the picture of human life found in theorists of love such as St. Augustine and Emmanuel Levinas, and shows that when care theory is articulated clearly, it provides resources for thinking through some of the difficult moral issues we face in the contemporary world, issues such as assisted reproduction and the new genetic technologies.
Ruth E. Groenhout is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Human Nature and an Ethic of Care Chapter 3 Augustine and Care Chapter 4 Levinas and Care Theory Chapter 5 Human Nature: Is an Ideal Really Necessary? Chapter 6 Care and the New Reproductive Techonology Chapter 7 Care and Cloning