1. How Many Experts Does It Take to Raise a Child?

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Sue Ellen Henry Associate Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch1

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Henry, S. E. (2010) How Many Experts Does It Take to Raise a Child?, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch1

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



  • mommy brain - truth, knowledge and belief in mothering;
  • how experts raise children - mothering and the quest for certainty;
  • “quest for certainty” in motherhood and mothering;
  • Dewey's, seeing knowledge and belief as forms of partial truths - informing knowledge in action;
  • philosophical and sociological pragmatism à la John Dewey;
  • uncertainty of new mothering, mothers turning to “expert” texts - for guidance, in American culture;
  • finding answers to mothering questions;
  • good reasons for science - valid claims about relationships between variables;
  • Democracy and Education, Dewey writes of how a child - who is learning to fly a kite, of how experience is a form of knowledge;
  • toward a pragmatic approach to mothering


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mothering and the Quest for Certainty

  • Finding Answers to Mothering Questions

  • Both/And Not Either/Or

  • Toward a Pragmatic Approach to Mothering

  • Notes