Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy

The School Life (Author) Alain de Botton (Editor)
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Description

Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. This is a book designed to harness their spontaneous philosophical interest and develop it.

Without prompting children often ask some of the largest questions about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of life. Yet all too often their inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions fall away. This book addresses some of their more complex questions by introducing accessible philosophical concepts from 25 famous thinkers, contextualized in relatable everyday scenarios. Presented in an interactive question and answer format this book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras--and shows us how their ideas continue to matter.

With discussions about some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history, this accessible book functions as an ideal introduction to the subject as well as a charming way to open up conversations between children and adults about the biggest questions we all face.

Product Details

Price
$24.99  $22.99
Publisher
School of Life
Publish Date
September 03, 2019
Pages
156
Dimensions
7.4 X 0.9 X 10.0 inches | 1.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781999747145
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About the Author

The School of Life is a global organization helping people lead more fulfilled lives. It is a resource for helping us understand ourselves, for improving our relationships, our careers, and our social lives--as well as for helping us find calm and get more out of our leisure hours. They do this through films, workshops, books, and gifts--and through a warm and supportive community. You can find The School of Life online, in stores and in welcoming spaces around the globe.

The School of Life Press was established in 2016 to bring together over a decade of research and insights from The School of Life's content team. Led by founder and series editor Alain de Botton, this is a library to educate, entertain, console, and transform us.

Reviews

Featured in The Guardian's Best Children's Books of 2018: "Our pick was Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy - a plain-speaking guide to philosophers, what matters and how to deal with things. A nine-year-old of my acquaintance was struck by a Mary Wollstonecraft idea - "why we hate cheap things" - about rarity and value." - The Guardian

"The first book for children from The School of Life seeks to connect young readers to influential thinkers ... The volume distills "big ideas" from 25 heavy-hitting philosophers ... into simple precepts. Each idea sits in a dedicated chapter, presented in a conversational style ... and explained with accessible scenarios. A useful ... introduction to emotional intelligence via philosophical thought." - Publishers Weekly

"An ideal introduction to philosophy, as well as a charming way to open up conversations between adults and children about the biggest questions we all face ... Big Ideas for Curious Minds is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, school, and community library collections." - Midwest Book Review

"An eye-opening introduction to philosophy for young readers ... the book makes great ideas accessible without watering them down, showing confidence in its audience's ability to wrestle with real questions. Within Big Ideas for Curious Minds, philosophy isn't useless, boring, or just for grownups; it's vibrant and full of wisdom for preteens and young teens, too." - Foreword Reviews

"Introspective, thoughtful kids ages 8 and up may find this book interesting to ponder. Parents nearing the end of patience for their tweens may want to leave this book lying around for browsing." - Youth Services Book Review

"A formidable introduction for a middle schooler interested in philosophy and a reference book that offers more than Wikipedia. Strongly recommended for middle school libraries looking for high quality nonfiction reference books." - School Library Journal

"The book itself is genius with an introduction to leading figures of philosophy from around the world from all eras... Topics such as 'Why you feel lonely', 'Politeness matters', 'People are unhappy not mean', and 'The mind-body problem' offer invaluable insights into philosophy in a way that our children can really get on board with." - Laura, blogger at five little doves

"I absolutely LOVE this book!!!!! This guide to wisdom and happiness is beautifully written. The tone and voice are exceptional for kids and the lessons are IMPORTANT. Positive self-esteem and coping strategies are necessary to mental health and stability; something that is often overlooked with our young children. As an adult, it reinforced all of the problem solving and self-talk techniques that I am constantly reminding myself to practice day to day! Big Ideas for Curious Minds should be a required read for all children and parents. This world would be a better place if we could understand ourselves and communicate and empathize with others. Thank you for the experience." - Maria Conn, Read-Ability