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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.