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The Philosopher-Mom

Kalynne Hackney Pudner applies logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and the history of philosophy to family life at large.

Plato insisted that philosophy and parenthood did not mix, and for his purposes he was undoubtedly right. The addition of children to philosophical contemplation (much less sustained philosophical dialogue) is generally toxic. But applying the methods, principles and concepts of philosophy to childrearing can be tonic – or even, it might appear, intoxicating.

I should know: with 130 students and nine children (or is it 130 children?) I’ve been dubbed the ‘Philosopher-Mom’. This nomenclature is a perversion of Plato’s own, found in the Republic, not far from his dictum about philosophy and parenthood.