Critical and Philosophical Reflections
Edited by Leah Tomkins
Chapter 4: Magically horrific: caring leadership and the paradoxical evolution of parenthood
This chapter considers the biology of parenthood and how it might have evolved as a relationship of caring leadership. Through the lens of evolution, two paradoxes of caring leadership emerge. The first concerns why caring might happen in evolution, a process that is supposed to be about competition. The second is about how caring in the archetypal caring leadership relationship (i.e., parenthood) looks different between a systemic evolutionary perspective and a subjective one. These evolutionary paradoxes of parental care are essential to understand caring leadership, as they will teach us two important things. First, that evolutionarily, caring might not exist as such, but is simply a successful strategy that has endured because it can, not because it is right or wonderful. Second, that caring might only exist in the subjective experience of human beings, as evolution has transduced human beings’ perception of what has biologically happened.
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