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Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development

Erin Cline

Abstract

This book sets out the critical role of the parent–child relationship in the moral development of infants and children. It builds on the work of thinkers and scientists—from ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers to contemporary feminist ethicists and attachment theorists—and sets out an effective approach for strengthening families and the character of children. It shows how early Confucian philosophers argued that the general ethical sensibilities we develop during infancy and early childhood form the basis for nearly every virtue and that the parent–child relationship is the primary context ... More

Keywords: parent–child relationship, moral development, Confucian philosophers, Western psychology, parental leave, breastfeeding initiatives, marriage counselling, family therapy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171557
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171557.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Cline, author
Georgetown University

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I What did Early Confucian Philosophers Think about Parent–Child Relationships, Early Childhood, and Moral Cultivation?

II How are Early Confucian Views of Parent–Child Relationships, Early Childhood, and Moral Cultivation Distinctive, Compared with Views in the History of Western Philosophy?

III Why do Confucian Views of the Relationship between Parent–Child Relationships, Early Childhood, and Moral Cultivation Warrant Serious Consideration, and what can they Contribute to our Understanding of these Areas?

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