VOYA - Libby BergstromFollowing on the tails of The Pooh Perplex (Dutton, 1963) by Frederick C. Crew, and The Tao of Pooh (Dutton, 1982) and The Te of Piglet (Dutton, 1982) by Benjamin Hoff, Williams sets forth the thesis that Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books explain all of Western Philosophy. From Plato to Camus, he demonstrates that each philosopher's thoughts are represented within the seemingly simple world of the Hundred Acre Woods. Pooh and the Philosophers is both delightful, with its constant reminders of favorite scenes from Milne's works, and challenging, as the basic premises of the various philosophers are explained. Williams stretches his interpretations of elements of the Pooh books to make them fit the philosophers' theories (which is half the fun of the book!), but his descriptions of the theories themselves are accurate and explained as simply as possible. While it won't appeal to the majority of YAs, for those special few who are venturing into an exploration of philosophy, this is a gem that is sure to gain the same popularity as its predecessors. Illus. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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