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A Young Person's Guide to Philosophy Hardcover – 13 Aug 1998

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (13 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751357790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751357790
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.2 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do not be put off this book by its title 'A Young Person's Guide To Philosophy', as a forty something year old I stumbled across this little gem, and was absolutely captivated. It is a beautifully produced hardback, with clear illustrations, and bold type. Dusty Greek names come alive with small phrases and incidents that are very memorable. The book leads you through the years to the contemporary philosophers. For those of us with little time, and a small knowledge of the major figures it was brilliant, a great starting point.
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Focus on the greats of Western Philosophy - ie Greeks, men with a couple of exceptions!

Very useful format for finding individuals and seeing how thoughts progressed and changed over time.
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This is exactly what we needed. Prompt and cheap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding introduction to great thinkers 15 Oct. 2000
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Format: Hardcover
This book provides excellent, brief, and simply worded accounts summarizing key arguments of the great philosphers (and some also-rans). Strength: clear but not condescending sketches of some very difficult ideas. Drawback: Personality eccentricities are overemphasized. The recommended age range is misleadingly low: my nine-year-olds who are advanced readers found it challenging but within their grasp; an advanced 8-year-old friend gave it up as too hard; and a 10-year old friend who is a very good reader found it profitable and informative. I'd recommend 9-12 as the age range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How'd They Do It? 3 July 2001
By Oddsfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just wonder what the publisher thought when the idea of an overview of philosophy for young people was first proposed. Luckily, they must not have been paying much attention because this extraordinary book is in print. It's really amazing that they could pull this book off. How do you explain what the great thinkers throughout history have thought to teenagers and younger? Somehow, Jeremy Weate was able to break down philosophies to their most basic forms. Weate was also aided by his sense of humor and by the pictures of Peter Layman which can help keep interest from swaying. This really is a very valuable resource. This book is supposed to be directed toward readers of the ages 4-8, but I think it is better for a little older audience. I was able use it very effectively in some college English courses I took in high school. A Young Person's Guide to Philosophy is really excellent. It is really an interesting read and can be very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of philosophy 1 Dec. 1999
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We paid overdue fines at the library on this book as we waited for interested family members to finish reading it. Now we're buying it to keep on hand as a good reference tool. It's a children's book but was also a good review/overview for adults too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best childrens' philosophy intro 11 July 2000
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This is absolutely the best introductory philosophy book forchildren I have ever seen. The philosophers are covered in historicalorder starting with the presocratics and ending with living philosophers. The pictures are stunning in the first half of the book. My 9yo loves it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Distinct Ideas !!!! 5 Sept. 2003
By A.McSmasherah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Decartes would approve! This book is a wonderful introduction to philosophy for kids and young adults alike. I don't think that it is too much for kids 5-8; our 7 year old reads it and comes to us with new knowlege and questions to accompany. I would recommend it to anyone intersted in inspiring their kids to think about the world around them in new ways and to further their understanding of some of the greatest figures in history.
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