When Strangers Call: A Consideration of Care, Justice, and Compassion
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2009
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Special Issue: FEAST I: Current Work in Feminist Ethics and Social Theory: Guest Editor: Diana Tietjens Meyers
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 79–99, Winter 2010
How to Cite
FRAKES, C. (2010), When Strangers Call: A Consideration of Care, Justice, and Compassion. Hypatia, 25: 79–99. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2009.01085.x
- Issue published online: 16 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2009
How ought we to respond to strangers in imminent need? Many people suggest that we need justice to temper the partiality of care. In this paper I argue that neither care nor justice adequately motivates attention to the suffering of strangers. Rather, a different virtue, compassion grounded in equanimity, is required. I demonstrate that the virtue of compassion allows the agent to sustain her engagement with suffering strangers without sacrificing her own flourishing.