The Value of Motherhood

The Value of Motherhood

See a recent interview with AMU’s Dr. Maria Fedoryka, in which she offers some important reflections on the paramount value of parenthood and family.

A quote:

‘There are some things a mother provides that nothing and no one can substitute. […] Our society makes it very difficult for women to be mothers, even just because of the image of motherhood being so degraded. So women became ashamed and say they are ‘just a housewife’. […] The seeds for the destruction of the family are found in the denigration of the concept of motherhood, so that a woman somehow feels as though her worth is degraded by that.’

Philosophers, both men and women, cannot neglect the very important question of what gives work its greatest value: is it merely the fact that sometimes it is salaried, monetarily quantified? Or are there certain kinds of work whose ends are unquantifiable simply because their value surpasses the realm of quantifiable things? Josef Pieper argues that philosophy and the liberal arts free us from the servitude of the quantifiable and instrumental. Is the work of the home, which is real work, likewise something liberating?