Care: Reflections on Who We Are

Todd May

Language: English

Publisher: Agenda Publishing

Published: Jun 26, 2023


Caring is a central aspect of our being. Without it, we would just float along in the world, attaching ourselves superficially to one activity after another as they came up. Caring anchors us to the world and to each other. And yet, understanding what caring is and how it operates in our lives is a challenge. Todd May meets that challenge, canvassing various approaches to care and offering an overview of the key role it plays in our lives.

With wit and insight, May addresses the difficulties between understanding care as a reflective attitude and as an emotion, between care and love, between caring for humans and for non-human animals, between self-care and concern for others, and between care and vulnerability.


Everyone seems to be talking about care these days, but why should I care? In this book, Todd May offers a lucid and comprehensive overview of the current discussions about the many philosophical meanings of care. -- Joan Tronto, author of Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care

The clear language, humorous asides, and a fairly expansive explanation of major ideas surrounding the meaning of care and care ethics make this short book an excellent resource for undergraduates, non-specialists, and really, anyone who cares about a meaningful life and world. -- Sally Fischer, Professor of Philosophy, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

If you care about improving your life and becoming a morally better, more caring person – or perhaps especially if you don’t now care about these matters – you will benefit greatly from reading this book. It is astonishing that Todd May has managed to convey so much wisdom in a book so short, humorous, and enjoyable to read. -- Jeff McMahan, Sekyra and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford

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Todd May teaches philosophy at Warren Wilson College and is the author of 16 books. He was recently philosophical advisor to the hit series The Good Place.