Keywords: Care Ethics, Hume, Sentimentalism, Justice, Liberalism.
Care ethics is the moral view that comes closest to Hume's sentimentalism. But
it disagrees with Hume in the emphasis it places on good relationships rather
than virtues. However, the empathy Hume was the first to describe can enable
care ethics to deal with moral issues it has previously ignored. For example, it
can help care ethics give a better account than rationalistic liberalism does of the
justification of civil liberties. The liberal (Rawlsian) gives inadequate answers to
questions about when restraining orders should be issued against husbands who
threaten wives, and this means that the traditional liberal idea that rights are rationally
intuited and are independent of human emotion should be replaced by a
care-ethical approach that emphasizes empathy and people's welfare.