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Care Ethics and Actor-Networking Theory as Challenges to the Ethics of Philosophical Thinking

Contemporary philosophy has been always examining new methods of philosophising and approaching social, political and cultural discourse. However, the global climate change and new geopolitical orders call for a new critical analysis. The essay explores horizon of ethical philosophising, questioning validity of traditional scholarly knowledge. Addressing Bruno Latour’s idea of actor-networking theory and Puig de la Bellacasa’s reflection on care, it aims to bring forth the concept of “thinking-with-care” and the role of the Anthropocene, advocating decentralized thinking and bringing new meanings to phenomena and experiences which have not been taken into consideration by, for instance, academic philosophy. The text tackles new research approaches based in the practice of ethical thinking and writing. It ponders questions of care the way they are discussed in works of Joan C. Tronto, Donna J. Haraway, and Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, and it sketches possible new paths of ethical thinking, i. e. thinking with the other and thinking for the other. The challenge of this essay is to reflect whether we can implement “thinking-with” in philosophical writing and questing in current conditions of war, natural disasters, and changing political regimes. It concludes that thinking-with-care and thinking-for can bring an importance of social responsiveness into the practice of philosophising, accentuating that ethics should be situated in the interconnected net-work of the world.

Care, Ethics, Thinking with Care, Actor-Networking Theory, Agency, Others

Irina Poleshchuk. (2023). Care Ethics and Actor-Networking Theory as Challenges to the Ethics of Philosophical Thinking. Humanities and Social Sciences, 11(4), 163-168.

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