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Philosophy Rocks! Hardcover – Apr 2002

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
entertaining and educational 23 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This really is a remarkable book. There's absolutely nothing else like it. I bought it for my fourteen year old son and ended up reading it myself. We both love it. I'm a philosophy graduate and am astonished at how easily Law gets the big ideas across. Martians and monsters, wacky thought experiments, lots of different characters. If you want your kids to learn how to think for themselves, this is the book.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Must For Young Minds 12 April 2002
By Tom Pilling - Published on
Format: Paperback
Stephen Law's engaging book 'Philosophy Rocks' offers an excellent introduction to the world of philosophy. Although it is aimed at children, with great illustrations, the tone is never patronising, and the issues discussed are fundamental for child and adult alike.
Children constantly question, as parents and teachers are all too aware, but often their questions are more profound than mundane; sometimes practically unanswerable. The great strength of this book is that it not only offers conclusions, without being presciptive, but demonstrates how one question can lead to a more crucial one.
Dr. Law seems particularly adept at marrying the child's modern landscape: robots, aliens, computers, et al, with the that which remains eternal.
Feeding the enquiring mind is part of real nurturing, and therefore I reccomend this book to parents and teachers alike.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great intro for kids 9 and older... 29 May 2002
By Diogenes99 - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a top-notch philosophy intro book for kids. My 9 year old just loves it. The book introduces children to ethics (via animal rights), philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics ("what is real?"), and other topics covered in academic philosophy. The book uses humor (and humorous sketches) on every page, and lays out the arguments pro and con in a fair way. Highly recommended!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beginner's best guide 3 Jan. 2005
By Phillip M. Miller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'd say it's one of the best books out there for beginners. It takes controversial topics that are abtruse to neophytes and explains it in a simple, unbiased manner - always allowing two sides to argue the subject to the best of their abilities, neither lacking. I felt the chapter about God really covered the logic and ideas behind both sides; atheists and theists. In fact, for anyone I have met that shows interest in philosophy I recommend this book and The Story of Philosophy by Bryan Magee. This is one of the best books I know for beginners, though Bryan Magee's book is more for the intermediate, seeing as how it takes a short look at the studies, teachings and history of key philosophers throughout history, such as Plato, Socrates, Machavelli, Newton, etc. in a chronological order.

My favorite chapter is the vegetarian chapter. Seeing as how I'm an ethical vegetarian, I feel it points out the flaw(s) in eating meat very well.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A first rate book 20 April 2002
By Mark Wingfield - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book explains some to the major philosophical concepts in a way that anyone can understand, without watering down the ideas in any way. That's quite and achievement in itself, but the book is also extremely entertaining, which makes it very readable to both children and adults.
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