Beyond Inadvertent Ventriloquism: Caring Virtues for Anti-paternalist Development Practice
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2011
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Special Issue: 2nd FEAST Special Issue
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 742–761, Fall 2011
How to Cite
KHADER, S. J. (2011), Beyond Inadvertent Ventriloquism: Caring Virtues for Anti-paternalist Development Practice. Hypatia, 26: 742–761. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2011.01167.x
- Issue published online: 20 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2011
I argue that the epistemological virtues of concrete thinking, self-transparency, and narrative understanding developed by care ethicists can help international development practitioners combat their own temptations to engage in “unconscious unjustified paternalism” (UUP). I develop the concept of UUP—a type of paternalism in which one party unjustifiably substitutes her judgment for another's because of difficulty distinguishing her desires for the other from the other's good. I show that the temptation to UUP is endemic to development and that care ethics contains virtues for combating it. Key to my claim is a view of caregiving as a practice of negotiating conflict.