8. Fathering for Freedom

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. J. K. Swindler PhD Professor Chair president

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch8

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Swindler, J. K. (2010) Fathering for Freedom, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. Illinois State 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



  • fathering for freedom;
  • philosophy, contributing to our understanding of fatherhood;
  • philosophy, asking how things ought to be;
  • fatherhood, meaning constant willingness and effort - with joy, pride and humor;
  • fatherhood, meaning dependability - in the face of temptations;
  • role responsibilities - persons filling roles, are said to be concrete;
  • fatherhood, a social role - fatherhood, like a starting pitcher being an abstraction;
  • personal autonomy, acting consistently from good intentions;
  • a collective intention - as in “We aim to toilet train Ethan”;
  • autonomy and fatherhood


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why a Philosophy of Fatherhood?

  • Role Responsibilities

  • Autonomy

  • Autonomy and Fatherhood

  • Conclusion

  • Notes