Human Dependency and Christian Ethics

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Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar
New Studies in Christian Ethics
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , October
     254 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Cynthia Cameron forthcoming.


Dependency is a central aspect of human existence, as are dependent care relations: relations between caregivers and young children, persons with disabilities, or frail elderly persons. In this book, Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar argues that many prominent interpretations of Christian love either obscure dependency and care, or fail to adequately address injustice in the global social organization of care. Sullivan-Dunbar engages a wide-ranging interdisciplinary conversation between Christian ethics and economics, political theory, and care scholarship, drawing on the rich body of recent feminist work reintegrating dependency and care into the economic, political, and moral spheres. She identifies essential elements of a Christian ethic of love and justice for dependent care relations in a globalized care economy. She also suggests resources for such an ethic ranging from Catholic social thought, feminist political ethics of care, disability and vulnerability studies, and Christian theological accounts of the divine-human relation.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Loyola University, Chicago, where she teaches feminist ethics, social ethics and sexual ethics. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union, a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, California and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.


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