17. Dads and Daughters

Wisdom for a Winding Road

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA1 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor2
  1. Michael W. Austin associate professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch17

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Austin, M. W. (2010) Dads and Daughters, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 2

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. Eastern Kentucky 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



  • dads and daughters - wisdom for a winding road;
  • philosophy at its best, guiding us into truth - applying that truth to life in the right way;
  • interests and obligations - fundamental interest, vital to human life;
  • knowing thyself, self-knowledge - inscribed over the temple at Delphi in ancient Greece;
  • sparking our more negative emotions as dads - a strong desire for control;
  • Charles Taylor's strong evaluations - judgments about right and wrong, beliefs about what is better or worse and higher or lower;
  • moral development - through humility, courage and wisdom;
  • humility as a virtue, connected to self-knowledge - topics for conversation with daughters;
  • courage and crucial virtues - fathers, advised to instill this in their daughters;
  • helping daughters to develop morally - with good character, conducive to happiness and fulfillment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Interests and Obligations

  • Self-Knowledge

  • Moral Development Through Humility, Courage, and Wisdom

  • Character and the Common Good

  • Further Down the Road

  • Notes