2. How Fatherhood will Change Your Life

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. Ammon Allred PhD Visiting Assistant Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch2

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Allred, A. (2010) How Fatherhood will Change Your Life, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Toledo, 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



  • how fatherhood will change your life;
  • potential meaninglessness, changing the shape of the world - nothing matters more than having time to spend;
  • philosophy of Martin Heidegger - project oriented understanding of the world;
  • sense of the world, how they offer competing conceptions of masculinity;
  • meaning of the world in Heidegger;
  • Heidegger arguing, we encounter things in the world - tools, as means toward ends;
  • overarching mega-project - integrating elements of our life, making sense of the world;
  • Aristotle and happiness, and Kant's well-being of civil society and Plato's immortality;
  • world of the man-child - fatherhood, a masculine project or strategy;
  • movie Knocked Up - Apatow/Rogan shtick, manchild, world turning upside down after his “knocks up”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Meaning of the World in Heidegger

  • Immortality

  • The World of the Man-Child

  • Knocked Up

  • Stillbirth

  • After You, the World Will Always Be Empty

  • Notes