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By Jan Baars

Ageing, that means and Social Structure advances the severe discourse on gerontology, delivering new understandings of key social and moral dilemmas dealing with getting older societies. Connecting methods which have been rather remoted from each other, it integrates significant streams of proposal inside of severe gerontology: analyses of structural matters within the context of political financial system and humanist views on problems with existential that means, offering integral interpreting for students, scholars, coverage makers, and practitioners in gerontology and humanism studies.

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Kastenbaum (eds) A guide to humanistic studies in ageing, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp 105-20. Baars, J. (2010c) ‘Time and ageing: enduring and emerging issues’, in D. Dannefer and C. Phillipson (eds) International handbook of social gerontology, New York: Sage Publications, pp 367-76. Baars, J. (2012) Ageing and the art of living, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. Baars, J. and Dohmen, J. (forthcoming) Towards an art of aging:A rediscovery of forgotten texts, Baltimore, MD:The Johns Hopkins University Press.

In contrast to MacIntyre, most modern virtue ethicists are not anti-modernist (Slote, 1992; Ruddick, 1989; Sennett, 1998). The ethics of virtue is a modern form of moral education, directed at the formation of character with virtues such as discipline, integrity, openness, respect, responsibility, tolerance and care. Ethics of care Carol Gilligan’s book In a different voice (1982) is often mentioned as a starting point for the ethics of care. Gilligan’s book stimulated heated debates in moral philosophy, because many women (and men) recognised a large number of moral aspects in her descriptions which had been missing in the accepted morality of autonomy and justice.

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