Philosophical inquiry into pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering is a growing area of interest to academic philosophers. This volume brings together a diverse group of philosophers to speak about topics in this reemerging area of philosophical inquiry, taking up new themes, such as maternal aesthetics, and pursuing old ones in new ways, such as investigating stepmothering as it might inform and ground an ethics of care. The theoretical foci of the book include feminist, existential, ethical, aesthetic, phenomenological, social and political theories. These perspectives are then employed to consider many dimensions of pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering, which are of central importance to human existence, but are only rarely discussed in philosophical cannons. Topics include pregnancy and embodiment, breast-feeding, representations – or the lack thereof – of pregnant and birthing women, adoption, and post-partum motherhood.

chapter |18 pages


BySheila Lintott, Maureen Sander-Staudt

part |71 pages

Maternal Norms, Practices, and Insights

chapter |15 pages

Where Did I Go?

The Invisible Postpartum Mother
ByJennifer Benson, Allison Wolf

chapter |15 pages

Into the Mouths of Babes

The Moral Responsibility to Breastfeed
ByChristine Overall, Tabitha Bernard

chapter |15 pages

Tales from the Tit

The Moral and Political Implications of Useless Lactational Suffering
ByLissa Skitolsky

chapter |12 pages

Motherhood and the Workings of Disgust

BySherri Irvin

part |71 pages

Maternal Roles and Relations

chapter |14 pages

The Practical and Theoretical Challenges of Mothering with Disabilities

A Feminist Standpoint Analysis
ByMaeve O'Donovan

chapter |13 pages

Why Don't Philosophers Tell Their Mothers' Stories?

Philosophy, Motherhood, and Imaginative Resistance
ByJoshua Shaw

chapter |12 pages

On Stepmothers as Hybrid Beings and World Travelers

Toward a New Model for Care-full Ethics
ByBeckey Sukovaty

part |87 pages

Maternal Phenomena, Phenomenology, and Aesthetics

chapter |13 pages

Creating Life, Giving Birth, and Learning to Die

ByBrooke Schueneman

chapter |13 pages

The Pregnant Body as a Public Body

An Occasion for Community Care, Instrumental Coercion, and a Singular Collectivity
ByJulie Piering

chapter |24 pages

Becoming Bovine

Phenomenology of Early Motherhood and Its Practical, Political Consequences
BySally Fischer

chapter |22 pages

The Aesthetics of Childbirth

ByPeg Brand, Paula Granger

chapter |14 pages

The Sublimity of Gestating and Giving Birth

Toward a Feminist Conception of the Sublime
BySheila Lintott