Philosophy Rocks!

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This book is filled with zany examples of imaginative scenarios that would leave Plato scratching his head. Stephen Law takes you through some of the toughest philosophical questions. Each chapter tackles a truth-seeking question that has stumped humankind since the beginning of time... Now it's your turn to attempt these puzzles and test your ideas!
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Overview

This book is filled with zany examples of imaginative scenarios that would leave Plato scratching his head. Stephen Law takes you through some of the toughest philosophical questions. Each chapter tackles a truth-seeking question that has stumped humankind since the beginning of time... Now it's your turn to attempt these puzzles and test your ideas!
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Children's Literature
Have you ever wondered if God exists? Pondered the reality of change? Is the nature of what is right or wrong unclear at times? These are questions that have been addressed over the years by some of the greatest philosophers of the ages. Here in Philosophy Rocks Stephen Law takes on eight of the most wide ranging philosophical questions and attempts to explain them for a youthful audience. Law divides his text up into eight distinct chapters, each of which takes on a major philosophical interrogatory. In each case the author outlines not only the question but also multiple opposing explanations of the issue. Throughout the book, catchy illustrations by Daniel Postgate amplify the solid text. In Philosophy Rocks younger readers are introduced not only to major philosophical tenets but also to avenues for reflective thought. Stephen Law is to be commended for putting together a book that causes readers to reflect on the world and their own beliefs. This is a thought provoking work and one that will be fodder for classroom discussions and internal reflection. 2002, Volo, Romaneck
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Gr 7 Up-In a friendly and accessible way, the author introduces eight of philosophy's big questions, from "What Is Real?" to "Does God Exist?" The first chapter seems a bit heavy-going as it explains Plato's forms with examples and a couple of criticisms, but Law incorporates C. S. Lewis's "Shadowlands," nicely grounding this rather obtuse idea back to the "Narnia" books. When things get too confusing, he uses repetition, questions and answers, and sci-fi/medical-ethics examples (using two Martians, Blip and Blop, and other characters) to bring the ideas home. Whimsical illustrations break up the text and provide some think time. The chapter entitled "How Do I Know the World Isn't Virtual?" may bring to mind the popular Ender's Game or the movie, The Matrix. The question, "What do you think?" is posed frequently, often at the end of the chapter. The author is successful in presenting these ideas objectively, balancing every argument with counterarguments and problems that they may raise. The topic "Should I Eat Meat" is a matter of interest to many teens, and the serious questions here, as elsewhere, are lightened with humor. Law stresses from the beginning that a discussion of philosophy is not the same as a book about religion, but, throughout, there are discussions that some will regard as being of a religious nature. Some religious believers may take offense, but others will be delighted by this cogent presentation of these thought-provoking issues.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786816996
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 214
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Big Questions IX
Question 1. What is Real? 1
Question 2. Who am I? 24
Question 3. How Do I Know the World isn't Virtual? 47
Question 4. Should I Eat Meat? 74
Question 5. Can I Jump in the Same River Twice? 101
Question 6. Where Do Right and Wrong Come From? 122
Question 7. What is the Mind? 151
Question 8. Does God Exist? 179
Philosophical Jargon 209
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