15. Like Father Like Son?

Challenges in the Father-Son Relationship

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. Anthony Carreras BA, MA, PhD

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch15

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Carreras, A. (2010) Like Father Like Son?, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. Rice University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330311

Online ISBN: 9781444324464



  • like father like son - challenges in father-son relationship;
  • parental relationship - between mother and daughter, mother and son, father and daughter, and father and son, being different;
  • one's religion and political beliefs - really being important ones;
  • “accidents of one's personal history” - Catholics raising Catholics and Democrats raising Democrats;
  • Aristotle - sons are fond of their fathers, naturally seeing themselves as coming from their fathers;
  • ethical challenges coming into play;
  • tension between using influence and fostering autonomy - manifesting itself in a father-son relationship;
  • fathers, strong reasons for thinking - son's big mistake, and fathers having no choice but to intervene