About the Book
Fatherhood – Philosophy for Everyone offers fathers wisdom and practical advice drawn from the annals of philosophy. Both thought-provoking and humorous, it provides a valuable starting and ending point for reflecting on this crucial role.
- Address the roles, experiences, ethics, and challenges of fatherhood from a philosophical perspective
- Includes essays on Confucius, Socrates, the experience of African fatherhood, and the perspective of two women writers
- Explores the changing role of fatherhood and investigates what it means to be a father
- An ideal complement to Motherhood – Philosophy for Everyone (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
It has been said that being a father is what finally gives a man his meaning in life. However, a modern Dad’s role is complex and can come with high expectations: sharing the rearing duties during the early years, tightly scheduled play dates, little league fights, tween’ dating, saving for college, cyber bullying, and if it doesn’t work out, shared custody. With these challenges come many joys, with a lot for dads to discover, including coming to see that learning really begins when fathers realize how little they know.
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My Take on the Book
If you enjoy reading and thinking about the many philosophical issues surrounding fatherhood, this book gives you food for thought. What was nice about the book was that you were given perspectives from so many fathers. Each section is so diverse and covers everything from the impact of being a father to dilemmas of being a dad. Each essay is well written and the sections are short, to the point and easy to read and digest. I found that this book started many conversations between myself and other fathers and even opened some conversations between me and my wife.
I was a bit concerned at first when I saw the title and the reference to philosophy. I have read the teachings of philosophy in the past, and sometimes get lost in the mire (if you know what I mean), but I was happy to find that this book was not as lofty as some other philosophical texts and is written for any father. I found the book to be very enjoyable to read and something that anyone can comprehend.
Overall this was a great book. I appreciated not only that it was enjoyable and approachable to read but that it really made me think and question my own thoughts and beliefs about fatherhood.
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