A concept that can incorporate utility arguments but does not assume that caring behavior must render utility to the care giver, thus avoiding some of the deficiencies of altruism pointed out above, is the concept of commitment as advanced by Amartya Sen. Although not proposed as an explicit conceptualization of caring services, it focuses on other-regarding rather than self-interested behavior and may be used to analyze and understand caring, especially in extreme dependency situations. (see also Nelson 1998)
KeywordsPersonal Welfare Care Giver Care Receiver Personal Utility Careful Economic
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