The dissertation is a contribution to the field of ethics in philosophy. In particular it is a contribution to the topic of relational ethics. It is an examination and evaluation of the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, the feminist ethics of care and the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur. All three examinations are concerned with the significance of relationships in ethical theorizing. This is a significant advancement in the field because it is based on ethics as concerned with the concrete lived reality of human existence, rather than on a detached theoretical approach to moral philosophy.