4. Fatherhood and the Meaning of Life

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. Michael Barnwell PhD, doctorate Assistant Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch4

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Barnwell, M. (2010) Fatherhood and the Meaning of Life, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. Niagara 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



  • fatherhood and the meaning of life;
  • a man's life (before and after fatherhood) - much more than being a father;
  • fatherhood, constituting a man's life's meaning;
  • father's life - “IS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS!”;
  • paradox facing mothers – motherhood, meaning of their lives;
  • fatherhood, comprising activities - from changing diapers and other duties;
  • fatherhood directed toward others - not disqualifying it from constituting life's meaning;
  • meaning of one's life - not found within or with reference to oneself;
  • fatherhood, and meaning to life - in virtue of fatherly activities one performs;
  • fatherhood, ultimately giving meaning to their lives as fathers


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  • Notes