Click here for my recently completely revised Basisboek Zorgethiek (Handbook Care Ethics), with a preface by Carlo Leget, chair of the department Care Ethics at the University of Humanistic Studies, and a Letter to the readers by Joan C. Tronto. Published May 2022.

Here is an interview on the book in newspaper Trouw (behind pay wall; in Dutch).

And here is an article on why I considered a revised version necessary (in Dutch).

Co-edited volume ‘Care Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Traditions’

Click here for the Open Access, free download of this recently published book, that I co-edited with my wonderful colleagues Maurice Hamington and Maureen Sander-Staudt.

Care Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Traditions (2022) is a collection of original essays that address the intersection between contemporary feminist care ethics and religious morality. Feminist care ethics is one of the most dynamic areas in modern theory. This relational approach to morality emphasizes context, emotion, and imagination over consequences, rules, and rights has only been around for about four decades, with its definition still being negotiated. Still, the respect for this approach is demonstrated by its widespread inclusion in moral discourse. Historically, care has been an overlooked concept in philosophy, but religion’s ambivalence toward care ethics is even more pronounced. On the one hand, caring is a fundamental value espoused by virtually all religions and spiritual traditions. Yet, on the other hand, deontological principles so essential to many religious moralities create clear categories of adjudication antithetical to feminist care ethics. Care Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Traditions engages theorists from various disciplines in discussing the continuities, discontinuities, and applications of feminist care ethics, spiritual traditions, and religion.
This collection includes contributions from Ruth E. Groenhout, Maurice Hamington, Adriana Jesenková, Luigina Mortari, Sarah Munawar, Inge van Nistelrooij, Kimberley D. Parzuchowski, Jamie Pitts, Martin Robb, Jason Rubenstein, Robert Michael Ruehl, Maureen Sander-Staudt, Steven Steyl, and Sarah Zager. The volume also includes a foreword by Catherine Keller.

Inaugural speech

Van Nistelrooij, I. (2022). Het zelf als moeder. De Dialogical Self Theory vanuit zwangerschap, zorgpraktijken en baarzaam-zijn. (The self as mother. The Dialogical Self Theory from pregnancy, caring practices and ‘being able to bear’). Inaugural speech in acceptance of the chair as professor by special appointment ‘Dialogical Self Theory’, embedded in the Radboud University in Nijmegen, Faculty Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, department of Metaphysics and philosophical anthropology. 18 March 2022.

Peer reviewed articles





  • Van Nistelrooij, I. & Van der Waal, R. (2019), Moederschap en geboorte: relationaliteit als alternatieve ethische benadering (Maternity and birth: relationality as an alternative ethical approach’. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek, July. Click here for online version on (in Dutch).







  • Van Nistelrooij, A.A.M. & Vosman, F.J.H. (2012). Conditions for Religious Discourse in Secularized Ethical Health Care. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 66 (3), 1-11.

Book chapter

  • Van Nistelrooij, I. & Bredewold, F. (2022). “He is never ever going to pay off.” A relational care ethical response to ideas of ‘worthy mothering’ for a child with profound intellectual disability. (submitted)
  • Hamington, M., van Nistelrooij, I. & Sander-Staudt, M. (2022). Introduction. In: Van Nistelrooij, I., Sander-Staudt, M. & Hamington, M. (eds), Care Ethics, Religion and Spiritual Traditions, Leuven: Peeters. Click here for the pdf of this introduction.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2022). The Fluidity of Becoming. The Maternal Body in Feminist Views of Care, Worship and Theology. In: Van Nistelrooij, I., Sander-Staudt, M. & Hamington, M. (eds), Care Ethics, Religion and Spiritual Traditions, Leuven: Peeters. Click here for the pdf of this chapter.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2018). Affective coexistence. Pity as a connection between emotion and ethical knowledge. In: Bourgault, S. & Pulcini, E.(eds), Emotions and Care: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Leuven: Peeters.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2018). Coesistenza affettiva: la pietà come connessione tra emozione e conoscenza etica. In: Pulcini, E. & Bourgault, S. (eds), Cura ed emozioni. Un’alleanza complessa Bologna: Società editrice Il Mulino
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2016). Self-sacrifice and Care Ethics. In J. Duyndam, A. Korte & M. Poorthuis (Eds.), Sacrifice in Modernity: Community, Ritual, Identity. From Nationalism and Nonviolence to Health Care and Harry Potter. Studies in theology and religion (pp. 270-287). Leiden: Brill

Edited volume

  • Van Nistelrooij I., Van der Waal R. & Mitchell V. (eds.), Reproductive Justice: Care Ethics and Beyond, (in preparation, planned for publication in 2024).
  • Van Nistelrooij I., Sander-Staudt M. & Hamington, M. (eds) (2022), Care Ethics, Religion and Spiritual Traditions, Leuven: Peeters (published Open Access here).


Book reviews

  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2021), Review of Gallagher A. ‘Slow Ethics and the Art of Care,’ Bingley (UK): Emerald Publishing, 2020. ISBN: 9781839091988, for Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek (TGE), 31(2)58.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2021), Review of C. Zufferey & F. Buchanan (2020), ‘Intersections of mothering. Feminist accounts’, New York, Routledge, for Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek (TGE), 31(1)13.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2019), Review of C. Gilligan & N. Snider (2019), ‘Why does patriarchy persist?’, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2018; for International Journal of Care and Caring, 4(1)125-126.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2019), Review of H. Wildschut & I. Boesveld (eds.), ‘Integrale geboortezorg. Samen bevalt goed’, Houten: Bohn, Stafleu, Van Loghum, 2018; in Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek (TGE), 29(2)60.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2018), Review of Lewis Vaughn, Contemporary Moral Arguments. Readings in Ethical Issues (Second Edition), , Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013, in Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek (TGE), 28(4)128.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2018). Review of De Sutter P & Delrue E. De maakbare baby. Een onbegrensd verlangen? Gent: Academia Press, 2017. 240 blz. ISBN 978-014-4343-2 in Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek (TGE), 28(2)63.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2017) Interview for Care Ethics Research Consortium


Scientific publications (non peer reviewed)

  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2020). Voorwoord voor special issue over Ethiekondersteuning – zorgethische perspectieven (Introduction to a special issue on ethics support – care ethical perspectives). Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek, 20 (2) p.38. (Journal of Health Care and Ethics)
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  • Van Nistelrooij, A.A.M. (2015). Het goede in de zorg: een kwestie van kiezen of van beamen? Speling : Tijdschrift voor Bezinning, 2015 (1), 45-51. Click here for the publisher’s site.
  • Van Nistelrooij, A.A.M. & Vosman, F.J.H. (2013). Religieuze taal in moreel beraad. Tijdschrift Geestelijke Verzorging, 16, 45-54.
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    Van Nistelrooy, Inge (1996). Martha en Maria revisited. Zorg als ethisch perspectief. Tilburg University Press. (Sold out; edited master’s thesis, awarded with Fokkelien van Dijk-Hemmesprijs, Tilburg University’s emancipation award)
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2022). Basisboek Zorgethiek. Over mensbeeld, moraal en ethische reflectie in de zorg (‘Handbook of Care Ethics. On anthropology, morality and ethical reflection in care’). Heeswijk: Berne / Utrecht: Universiteit voor Humanistiek / Woerden: Reliëf. Completely revised and updated version of 2008 book, with a letter to the readers by Joan C. Tronto.
  • Van Nistelrooij, I. (2009). Zorgen doe je samen. Over relaties in de zorg. Heeswijk: Berne Media.
  • Van Nistelrooy, I. (2008). Basisboek Zorgethiek. Over menslievende zorg, moreel beraad en de motivatie van verpleegkundigen. Heeswijk: Berne Media.