Caring for Liberalism brings together chapters that explore how liberal political theory, in its many guises, might be modified or transformed to take the fact of dependency on board. In addressing the place of care in liberalism, this collection advances the idea that care ethics can help respond to legitimate criticisms from feminists who argue that liberalism ignores issues of race, class, and ethnicity. The chapters do not simply add care to existing liberal political frameworks; rather, they explore how integrating dependency might leave core components of the traditional liberal philosophical apparatus intact, while transforming other aspects of it. Additionally, the contributors address the design of social and political institutions through which care is given and received, with special attention paid to non-Western care practices. This book will appeal to scholars working on liberalism in philosophy, political science, law, and public policy, and it is a must-read for feminist political philosophers.

part I|72 pages

Historical Sources

chapter 1|25 pages

On Domination and Dependency

Learning From Rousseau’s Critique of Inequality1

chapter 2|25 pages

Kantian Care

part II|48 pages

Individualism and Autonomy

part III|69 pages

Working With Rawls

chapter 6|23 pages

Interpersonal Reciprocity

An Antiracist Feminist Virtue for Liberal Care Arrangements

part IV|79 pages

Policy and the Design of Institutions

chapter 9|23 pages

Care as Work

The Exploitation of Caring Attitudes and Emotional Labor

chapter 10|28 pages

The Free-Market Family

Liberalism, Families, and Government’s Responsibility to Regulate the Market

chapter 11|26 pages

Justice and Legitimacy in Caregiver Support

Managing Tradeoffs Between Gender Egalitarian and Economic Egalitarian Social Aims1