Chapter 21. Caring and Full Moral Standing Redux

  1. Eva Feder Kittay Distinguished Professor senior fellow2 and
  2. Licia Carlson Ph.D. assistant professor3
  1. Agnieszka Jaworska B.S.E., Ph.D. associate professor of philosophy

Published Online: 18 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch21

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy

How to Cite

Jaworska, A. (2010) Caring and Full Moral Standing Redux, in Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (eds E. F. Kittay and L. Carlson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322781.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Stony Brook University/SUNY, USA

  2. 3

    Providence College, USA

Author Information

  1. University of California, Riverside, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

Book Series:

  1. Metaphilosophy Series in Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Armen T. Marsoobian,
  2. Brian J. Huschle and
  3. Eric Cavallero

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198288

Online ISBN: 9781444322781



  • caring and full moral standing redux;
  • “full moral standing” (FMS) - associated with persons;
  • ordinary adult human beings, exalted moral standing - special concern and respect;
  • full moral standing, encompassing weighty positive moral claims;
  • ethical theory and standard moral practice - ordinary adult human beings have exalted moral standing;
  • commonsense morality, that membership in human species - regardless of capacities, guarantees FMS;
  • capacity to care as alternative basis of FMS;
  • nature of children and moral standing of Kiddies into hypothesis - capacity to care, being sufficient for FMS;
  • “passive bystander to one's caring attitude” - being an oxymoron;
  • built-in internality of our carings - finding ourselves caring about things we never suspected we cared about


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • 1. Testing the Received Wisdom About the Basis of FMS

  • 2. The Capacity to Care as an Alternative Basis of FMS

  • 3. Further Implications

  • Acknowledgments

  • References