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Essential Care
An Ethics of Human Nature

By Leonardo Boff

Essential Care
Paperback, 192 pages $29.95
Published: 15th February 2008
ISBN: 9781602581425
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Religious Studies, All Theology, Contemporary Theology, Ecological Ethics

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.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 192 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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