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The Philosophy Files Paperback – Illustrated, 4 May 2000

4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; New edition edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858817900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858817903
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,319,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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'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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Aliosho Archer-Diana ... International School of Toulouse
The Philosophy Files is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books that I have ever read. It also manages to be very funny and amusing at the same time. In his introduction the author clearly explains exactly what philosophical questions are and that it is his intention to pose questions in order to get the reader to think and figure out the answers for himself rather than presenting ready-made answers. I would say that this is exactly what he manages to achieve.
This is a book that challenges and stimulates. It is divided into eight chapters or files, each one of which covers a different and separate topic. This means that you can delve in at any point that appeals to you at any particular time. The author discusses important philosophical questions such as does God exist, how do we know the world is not one big dream, what makes us ourselves rather then someone else and where does morality come from. He presents us with many different arguments that are often put forward and he argues his own point of view to support or discount commonly held theories. However, as he emphasises in his introduction "the important thing in philosophy is to think for yourself," which means that we are free to disagree with him if we wish and to make up our own minds.
The author uses different techniques to introduce and develop his arguments and theories. He invents characters and personalities and tells us fun stories to illustrate the points he wants to make.
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An absolute masterpiece of a book. When reviews say ‘a must read’ then it usually means the book is good and that is why the reviewer is reccommending it, but this book is a lot better than good, and ‘a must read’ is a degrade of it. It deserves a much more profound and bigger compliment, more like ‘you gotta gotta gotta buy this book’ or ‘an absolute superb non fiction book - best ever’.
Dont let the word philosophy put you off. This book is fully comprehendable to anyone from young teenagers (and even younger if you give it a good stab) up to the worlds oldest person (whoever that is.) It is a superb introduction to the huge and daunting field of philosophy but Stephen Law breaks it down into little pieces, puts it on a plate so it is easy for you to use the information and by the end of the book you will know about Plato and other famous philosophers and also you’ll be debating with yourself about wheteher we are real or not and other big questions that have puzzled philosophers for centuries whatever position you started out at. Also it gives you some great arguing tips that can help win you any kind of intellectual debate with your friends.
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I found this in a friend's bookcase, and at first laughed when they recommended it, thinking it to be 'just a kid's book.' But having read it this morning, I am just amazed at how Law puts some of the most complex concepts in philosophy so simply, particularly the chapters on philosophy of mind and the existence of God. If only all my uni texts were as accessible and enjoyable as this work!
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This book is great for teens aged 10 and up.
This book concentrates on the big question like who created the universe? and if god did who created god and who created the thing that created god and so on. I give it five stars and all kinds with big imaginations should read this
It keeps you reading
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I love it!
What a joy to find such a thought-provoker in such an accessible format.
Simple but powerful language with fun, extremely relevant illustrations.
I enjoyed Blackburn's "Think" and de Boutton's "The Consolations of Philosophy", but compared to this little book they are rather dry and dull.
Can't wait for volume 2.
Enjoy
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The quality of the reviews already received bears witness to the civilizing influence of this timely book. At first I thought that it would be the sort of worthy, well-intentioned Child's Introduction to Philosophy that one lobs half-heartedly in the direction of a preternaturally 'Gifted Child', and washes one's own hands of pronto with relief. But I found it wholly gripping, and so do my pupils. This does for philosophy what Terry Deary has done for history. Any reader with a more-or-less still functioning brain and the ability to grapple with 'the nature of reality' or 'the meaning of life' will love it. Highly recommended!
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