7. A Face Only a Mother Could Love?

On Maternal Assessments of Infant Beauty

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

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch7

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Parsons, G. (2010) A Face Only a Mother Could Love?, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada

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



  • a face only a mother could love - maternal assessments of infant beauty;
  • beauty and love concepts - roles in social lives, being complex and obscure;
  • mothers on their babies' beauty - mothers perceiving infants, as being more beautiful than others;
  • beauty and cuteness and the relationship between these;
  • uttering falsehoods, way of communicating - something that we want to express;
  • mothers ranking their babies' cuteness high - does not reflect, what mothers truly believe about their infants' looks;
  • freedom from prejudice - what Hume calls “good sense” or “sound understanding”;
  • Hume's account - distinguishing good taste from the bad;
  • mother's prejudice, a great boon to the infant who bewitches her;
  • beauty, love and prejudice - about whether it is apt to call a mother's taste “distorted” or “defective”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mothers on Baby Beauty

  • Good Mom, Bad Critic?

  • Beauty, Love, and Prejudice

  • Notes