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Jul 20, 2021

The Philosophy of Motherhood (with Dr. Janice Breidenbach)

Danielle Bean

Our guest this week is Dr. Janice Chik Breidenbach, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University. Dr. Breidenbach joins us to share about her new course, Philosophy of Motherhood. She shares about the motivation to create this course and the important conversations it is sparking on campus in the culture.

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The sacrifice of motherly love, and how it nourishes the most utterly dependent and helpless being, is one of the most beautiful and powerful icons of God’s love in this world.

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Our guest this week is Dr. Janice Chik Breidenbach, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University. Dr. Breidenbach joins us to share about her new course, Philosophy of Motherhood. She shares about the motivation to create this course and the important conversations it is sparking on campus in the culture.

Janice T. Chik is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University. She holds research affiliations at Oxford as Member of the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, where she was also a Visiting Research Scholar (in 2017 and 2019). In 2019-20 she was the Barry Research Fellow and Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Pennsylvania. She earned an AB at Princeton University, with degrees in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Musical Performance (violin, piano, voice). She holds an MA in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Darrell K. Royal Fellow in Ethics and American Society, and a PhD Fellow in the Law and Philosophy Program. She earned her doctorate in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, UK, where she was the Scottish Overseas Research Award Scholar from 2010-2013.

Here is a list Dr. Breidenbach suggests for further reading on the subject of philosophy of motherhood:



Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter

St Edith Stein, Essays on Woman

St Gregory of Nyssa, Biography of St Macrina

Gertrude von le Fort, The Eternal Woman

Caryll Houselander: The Passion of the Infant Christ; The Mother of Christ

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

St. John Paul II, “Familiaris Consortio” (1981)

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dignitas Personae, 2008



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Meet Your Host:
Danielle Bean

A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 23 years, and together they have eight amazing children. Currently, Danielle serves as brand manager at CatholicMom.com and host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV.

Danielle’s books include, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood.

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