By Michael W. Austin, Lon Nease
Foreword by: Adrienne Burgess
Series Editor: Fritz Allhoff
"Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone" bargains fathers knowledge and useful suggestion drawn from the annals of philosophy. either thought-provoking and funny, it offers a worthwhile beginning and finishing aspect for reflecting in this an important position.
Address the jobs, reports, ethics, and demanding situations of fatherhood from a philosophical perspective.
Includes essays on Confucius, Socrates, the adventure of African fatherhood, and the point of view of 2 ladies writers
Explores the altering function of fatherhood and investigates what it capability to be a father
An excellent supplement to "Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
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