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Department of Philosophy

Recent Events, Seminars and Lectures

Andreas Pantazatos. 'Stewardship and the Ethics of Care'

4th March 2010, 11:30, Room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet.

Weekly Research Seminar.

Seminars begin at 11.30am unless stated otherwise. Tea and coffee will be served at 11 am and speakers usually join us for lunch (or dinner).

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In recent years the principle of stewardship, according to which practitioners in the field of environment and archaeology are stewards of the environment and the past respectively has become the epicentre of criticisms of practical ethics. Stewardship, however, has shaped the ethical concerns of the practitioners in question by raising awareness of ethical issues related to their practices. In this respect, stewardship was expected to provide practitioners with a guide to ethical practice, but it was never anticipated to become the only ethical principle that would inform their practises.

Although it would be unfair to claim that stewardship has failed to supply ethical guidance to practitioners, it should be noted that if we want to revise the principle of stewardship it is necessary to reflect on those ethical concepts which articulate the moral outlook of stewardship and explore their nature. So, my aim in this paper is to test the limits of stewardship, arguing that a revised moral understanding of stewardship should be shaped and informed by the ethics of care.