A Kantian critique of the care tradition: Family law and systemic justice

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Liberal theories of justice have been rightly criticized for two things by care theorists. First, they have failed to deal with private care relations' inherent (inter)dependency, asymmetry and particularity. Second, they have been shown unable properly to address the asymmetry and dependency constitutive of care workers' and care-receivers' systemic conditions. I apply Kant's theory of right to show that current care theories unfortunately reproduce similar problems because they also argue on the assumption that good care requires only virtuous private individuals. Giving up this assumption enables us to solve the problems regarding both private care relations and systemic injustice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-356
Number of pages30
JournalKantian Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Care relations
  • Kant's doctrine of right
  • Private right
  • Public right

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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