Navel-Gazing at its Finest

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Lintott, S. (2010) Navel-Gazing at its Finest, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. Bucknell 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: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • navel-gazing - in motherhood, being a philosophy for everyone;
  • navelgazing at its finest, not least useless or excessively self-contemplative;
  • navel-gazing - pregnancy, motherhood and mothering;
  • navel-gazing, form of thinking about mothers, mothering and motherhood - that is being encouraged;
  • non-radical idea, that motherhood is philosophically significant to a broader audience;
  • motherhood - perspectives from outside the academy;
  • Enlightenment philosopher, Immanuel Kant - posing three philosophical questions;
  • “Mommy Brain,” “Labor Pains,” “Mom's Morality” and “Is Motherhood Everything You Thought It Would Be”;
  • Being A Mom - means hard work, amazingly wonderful, sometimes both at the same time;
  • the way we think about motherhood, mothering, and mothers - and realities of motherhood and mothering


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • An Introduction to Motherhood – Philosophy for Everyone

  • Notes