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Like Jostein Gaarder in Sophie's World, Bowen (A Journey Through the Landscape of Philosophy) here uses a fictional tale to explain philosophical ideas and topics. His intended reader is one who, like his protagonist, is new to philosophy. The story follows the nightly encounters between 14-year-old Ian and a mysterious old man in his dreams, with whom he discusses topics like ethics, free will, and faith-all of which leaves him puzzled and agitated. When Ian awakens, his parents help him use reason to analyze each topic discussed so that he can come to some philosophical understanding. As the story progresses, the reader is given clues to why Ian is having these experiences. Bowen incorporates quotes from philosophers, scientists, and popular culture to guide the narrative. While most chapters do an adequate job of explaining the complexity of the topic in question, the plot is slow to develop and generally uninteresting, which may make the book unappealing to its intended audience. Not recommended.
—Scott Duimstra

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205605408
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: MAKE OP, LEAVE AS SOURCEBOOKS
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword toThe Dream Weaver by John Perrry, co-host of “Philosophy Talks”
Note to the Reader

Chronological List of Philosophers Encountered by Ian

This is the Title of the Prologue

A Note from the Old Man

Chapter 1: Knowledge

What Really Really Happened

Chapter 2: Self, Mind, Soul

What’s in a Name?

Chapter 3: Science

We Are It

Chapter 4: The Liar, Motion, and a “Surprise”

Silent Lonesome Tree

Chapter 5: God

The Purpose of Meaning

Chapter 6: Evil

The Price of a Paper and a Paper for a Price

Chapter 7: Going East

No Thing

The Problem with Solutions

Chapter 8: Faith and Reason

Why He Loves Her

Chapter 9: Free Will

The Power of the Hill

Chapter 10: Selfishness (and Science Revisited)

The Power of the Quill

Chapter 11: Heaps and Eggs

The Hanging Town

Chapter 12: Society, Politics, and Money

If Only

Chapter 13: Ethics and Morality

Can You (Not) Believe It?

Chapter 14: The Final Excursion

Chapter 15: Ian The Teacher: Weaving Dreams of Morality

Jack Bowen’s Interview on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny

Lyrics to “Beautiful Colors”

Reading Group Discussion Questions


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