Power and Parenting

A Hermeneutic of the Human Condition

  • Kieran M Bonner

Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Culture and Society book series (ESCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
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About this book


The power to act is two-sided in that it refers to the parent's ability to initiate (having children or responding to their actions) and to the ability to suffer consequences (irreversibility and unpredictability). The book argues that the best way of responding to these essential limits is for the parent to develop the interrelation between wisdom, ethicality and self-mastery, that is, practical wisdom.


children ethics methods Thomas Hobbes

Authors and affiliations

  • Kieran M Bonner
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  1. 1.Augustana University CollegeCanada

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