Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I want to respond to Maha Bali's title by saying "yes it is." I've been watching the concept of care over the years move through the disciplines. I remember Jenny Mackness raising the concept in the context of our MOOCs five years ago, I remember it coming up at a public affairs conference I attended in 2017, I even presented on it last year in Brazil. But it's a fad only in the sense that everything is a fad - utilitarianism came in and out of fashion, so did pragmatism, so did egoism. And I think there's a lot to be drawn from the concept of care that is valuable. But history doesn't end at this point, and what we have to learn about ethics in openness will no doubt continue.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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