Poetry and Habits of Caring Knowledge

  • Maurice HamingtonEmail author
  • Ce Rosenow


In this chapter, an argument is made that caring as theorized in care ethics and poetry shares an expansive view of what constitutes knowledge. Furthermore, there is both knowledge and epistemic processes inherent to the experience of poetry that can contribute to richer, more effective care. The chapter begins by establishing the significant role of knowledge in both care and poetry. Quite simply, one cannot care without knowledge and poetry imparts knowledge albeit it seems to be an undervalued form of knowledge. The chapter delves into the tension between particular and general knowledge as well as the nature of tacit knowledge, followed by an exploration of tacit epistemic processes. The conclusion addresses how poetry can instantiate habits of expansive knowledge acquisition.


Epistemology Tacit knowledge Aesthetic habits Particular knowledge General knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Lane Community CollegeEugeneUSA

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