The Whole Child is a beautifully written book combining classic philosophical themes like wonder and happiness with modern parenting virtues like courage, compassion, integrity, and discipline. Seamus Carey uses anecdotes from his own experience as a parent, some amusing and some poignant, to illustrate philosophical concepts. The result is a rare work, as valuable to the serious student of philosophy as it is to Carey's fellow parents. Carey argues that parents need to rediscover the sense of wonder-the ontological depth-with which children experience life, and offers suggestions for how this recovery might take place. In so doing, Carey uncovers standards and ideas for raising children that reach beyond those typically considered by the modern family.
Seamus Carey is assistant professor of philosophy at Manhattan College, with specialties in philosophy of the family and ethics. He is the father of two daughters and one son.
Part 1 I. Parental Wisdom Chapter 2 The Wonder of Wisdom Chapter 3 The Habits of Happiness Chapter 4 An Ontology of Openness Chapter 5 Listen, Learn, Lead Chapter 6 Enchantment and the Ethos of Education Part 7 II. Parental Virtues Chapter 8 Courage and Compassion Chapter 9 Integrity Chapter 10 Discipline Chapter 11 Higher Love