Aristotle's Parenting Advice for the iPod Era

By Thomas, Clinton | St. Joseph News-Press, October 2, 2013 | Go to article overview

Aristotle's Parenting Advice for the iPod Era


Thomas, Clinton, St. Joseph News-Press


When Conor Gallagher looked for advice on how to raise his eight children, he discovered his philosophy classes provided more answers than any parenting book he could find.

That situation led Mr. Gallagher to write the book "If Aristotle's Kid had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents."

Mr. Gallagher will discuss the application of Aristotle's teaching in the modern world at 7 p.m. Friday in a lecture at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. The free event is open to the public and will be held in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center.

According to Mr. Gallagher, Aristotle's belief that people should lead virtuous lives, develop friendships and strive for happiness transcends time.

"The truth that he found in what it means to be a human being, that never changes," Mr. Gallagher said.

Although Mr. Gallagher's book does not provide a playlist for what one might find on Aristotle's kid's iPod, he hypothesized how the philosopher would cope with modern technology. Mr. Gallagher suggested Aristotle likely would make sure his kid didn't spend his whole day staring at a cell phone with a pair of ear buds blocking out the world. …

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