Boff investigates how the need to care is inbuilt in human nature. Compassion is the true essence of the human condition, masked by our immersion in neoliberal consumerism. This is a serious and reflective book in 15 sections, plus glossary and bibliography. Sections include: the fable-myth about 'Care'; Care - its dimensions, its essence, its resonances, its concrete forms, its pathological states; and, Exemplary figures.
Leonardo Boff was for 20 years Professor of Theology at the Jesuit Institute for Philosophy and Theology in Petropolis, Brazil, and is now Emeritus Professor of Ethics, Religion, Philosophy and Ecology at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. One of the founders of Liberation Theology, he was silenced by the Vatican, and left the Franciscan Order saying that "the future of humanity and planet earth" are more important than the future of the institutionalised church. He is still active as a lay priest in poor communities.