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An Ethics of Human Nature
The issue of care serves as a critique of the agonizing situation of our civilization, but it also serves as an inspiring principle for a new paradigm of living together. This is what Boff presents in this groundbreaking new work. Boff dreams of a world that is still to come, a world where we no longer need electronic devices to overcome our solitude and fulfill the human essence of care and kindness. Essential Care envisions a globalized society in the great common home of the earth and of a world in which care has been recognized as a fundamental ethos of the human being and as an indispensable compassion for all beings of creation.
1. Carelessness: a sign of our times
2. To care: the ethos of the human being
3. The fable-myth about "care"
4. An ingenious slave: Gaius Julius Hyginus
5. Explaining the fable-myth about care
6. Dimensions of care
7. The nature of care
8. Resonances of care
9. Concretizations of care
10. Pathologies of care
11. Exemplary figures of care
Conclusion: to care and the future of the
dispossessed of the earth
Boff challenges the Western political and religious establishment with an honest assessment and insightful analysis of the issues. Readers familiar with his early work as a leading Brazilian Liberation theologian will be fascinated to see how he has broadened his agenda in new creative directions.
—Marcella Maria Althaus-Reid, University of Edinburgh
Leonardo Boff (Ph.D. and Th.D. University of Munich) is Emeritus Professor of Ethics, Religion, Philosophy and Ecology at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is also one of the founders of Liberation Theology.