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Erin Cline

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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October 27, 2021

How Chinese Philosophy Can Help You Parent

Writing for Psyche, Senior Research Fellow Erin Cline explores how Confucianism and Daoism suggest ways for parents to guide their children toward meaning and fulfillment rather than wealth and prestige.


Erin M. Cline is Paul J. and Chandler M. Tagliabue Distinguished Professor in Interfaith Studies & Dialogue at Georgetown University, where she is also a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center. Cline specializes in Chinese philosophy, Chinese religions, comparative philosophy and theology, and Ignatian spirituality. Her most recent book is Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting: Ancient Chinese Philosophy and the Art of Raising Mindful, Resilient, and Compassionate Kids (2020). Cline is also the author of Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice (2013), Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development (2015), and A World on Fire: Sharing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with Other Religions (2018), as well as articles in such journals as Philosophy East and West, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Modern China, and Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. She previously held a joint appointment in philosophy and religious studies at the University of Oregon. Cline earned her B.S. from Belmont University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Baylor University.

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