A philosophy of motherhood
Motherhood. It seems both complicated and simple. The most natural thing in the world, but also the biggest responsibility one can imagine. The history of philosophy has largely ignored motherhood, so where does one start, and what does it look like under a philosophical lens? Can a philosopher help coach and guide mothers in their journeys? Can they work together to find meaning and commonality in the more difficult aspects of parenting?
Danielle LaSusa calls herself a ‘practical philosopher.” She has been a teacher and philosophical coach for thirteen years, has a Ph.D. in philosophy, and is certified in philosophical counseling form the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. She hosts workshops and teaches courses on a range of issues, but specializes in discussion about motherhood.
Find out more about her work and see how to schedule time with Danielle at https://www.daniellemlasusa.com/
Read her opinion piece in The New York Times, “Death Was a Theory, Until I Became a Mother,” here.
Three podcasts were mentioned in the episode. The episode of Why? Radio, “Plato Not Prozac: What is Philosophical Counseling with guest Lou Marinoff,” is here.
Our other discussion of motherhood, in the context of raising a special-needs child, “Justice, Caring, and the Mentally Disabled with guest Eva Kittay,” is here.
Danielle and Jack’s discussion about doing philosophy with the general public can be heard via this video:
Institute for Philosophy in Public Life
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Weinstein, Jack Russell and Lasusa, Danielle, "A philosophy of motherhood" (2021). Why? Radio Podcast Archive. 146.