6. Does My Father Care?

Paternalism, Care Ethics, and Fatherhood

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

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch6

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Terjesen, A. (2010) Does My Father Care?, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. Rhodes College in Memphis, 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



  • does my father care - paternalism, care ethics and fatherhood;
  • caring about caring;
  • ethics, dominated by “male” voice - emphasizing individualism, abstraction and public sphere;
  • care ethics, moral theory premium - on attachment and relationship in determining what to do in a moral situation;
  • Gilligan arguing, two perspectives to consider - the justice orientation and the care orientation;
  • a face - only a mother could love;
  • earliest advocates of care ethics - Nel Noddings;
  • tough love - paternalism as a form of caring;
  • paternalism, not justice by another name;
  • can fathers care much more


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Caring About Caring

  • A Face Only a Mother Could Love?

  • Tough Love: Paternalism as a Form of Caring

  • Paternalism is Not Justice by Another Name

  • Can My Dad Care Too Much?

  • The Importance of Tough Love

  • Notes