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The Philosophy Files [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Stephen Law , Daniel Postgate
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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If the thought of a book about philosophy for kids turns your stomach, think again. This superb book, written by Stephen Law, a young philosophy lecturer from Oxford, is filled with an awe-inspiring enthusiasm for thinking and arguing some of the biggest questions.

From "Should I eat meat?" to "How Do I Know The World Isn't Virtual?" and the Big One: "Does God Exist?", each question is dealt with in a thoroughly modern manner that brings in the teachings of famous philosophers alongside broad philosophical arguments that are as entertaining as they are challenging.

Stephen Law has certainly hit the spot with this energetic interpretation of philosophical ideas, cleverly clearing the floor for discussion between children, and opening up conversation between children and adults.

The Philosophy Files takes an innovative step into the children's book genre with a soul-searching, thought-provoking look at the philosophical questions that shroud our everyday lives. If you ever thought that philosophy for kids would be a turn off, check this out, sit back and enjoy the ensuing debate. (Ages 9 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'a jargon-free, entertaining, uncomplicated approach to philosophy which makes no assumptions and encourages original thinking.' (Bridget Carrington WRITE AWAY!)

'Law is very good at dramatising philosophical problems so that children get to understand them as choices confronting them, rather than abstract questions... Highly recommended.' (Dina Rabinovitch THE GUARDIAN)

'poses challenging questions to children about life and the universe.' (IRISH EXAMINER)

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A brilliantly entertaining and original introduction to philosophy for teenagers

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Reviews for The Philosophy Files
"Stephen Law's approach can be summoned up as less reverence, more relevance. This is no grand tour of the history of philosophy and its great thinkers. Indeed, fewer than half-a-dozen philosophers get a name check. Instead, Law goes straight for what is really important - the arguments themselves... It is much more of a genuine introduction to philosophy than the seemingly more serious efforts of writers such as Jostein Gaarder (Sophie's World) and Alain de Botton." TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT, 12 MAY 2000

"This is a book written to be enjoyed. And as a result readers will learn more than they would from any kind of text book. And who are the readers? If you can read Harry Potter you can cope with the language, complexity and twists of this book. It should be left on the bed of anyone, from 7 to 90, who shows signs of interest in philosophical questions. Actually, give it to everyone, just in case." DR JONATHAN WOLFF, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, reviewing for

"A great way to discover a taste for philosophy and also to think about your surroundings in new and intriguing ways."

"...fresh and different... Guaranteed to start a few debates." T2, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 6 MAY 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen Law dropped out of school, spent four years as a postman in Cambridge, and then went on to Oxford where he got a first-class Honours degree, a B. Phil. and a D. Phil. In Philosophy. He has held several lectureships and a Research Fellowship at Oxford and is now a full-time lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is working on a follow-up to 'The Philosophy Files'. Daniel Postgate is the cartoonist on the DAILY EXPRESS.
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