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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press; unknown edition (Jan. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882664701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882664702
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David A. White, Ph.D., is an adjunct associate professor in the philosophy department of DePaul University and also teaches for DePaul's American studies program.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Betz Hull, PhD on July 7 2004
Format: Paperback
As a PhD in philosophy and as the mother of a two year-old, I was interested in finding a book that dealt with philosophical issues, but in plain language easily accessible to children. What I found was this book: David White accomplishes a lot in _Philosophy for Kids_. White discusses 40 basic philosophical questions you'd find in any introduction to philosophy course (like "Can you doubt that you exist?")and does it in a simple conversational style. Through these questions, White acquaints children with some key philosophical figues, enabling them to eventually associate major thinkers with the philosohical questions (and answers) that made them famous. He also encourages children to think about these issues themselves and develop answers of their own (perhaps different than those of the thinker). White does this through a series of discussion questions at the end of each issue meant for individual contemplation or group discussion. Finally, White provides a short glossary of important philosophiocal terms that can eventually be worked into the child's vocabualry as he/she matures. In all, White offers a great introduction to the world of philosophy for children of different ages. Depending on the age and intellectual maturity of the child, this book can either be a gateway into showing a child how to look at the world more deeply, or as a means to seriously familiarize a child with key philosophical concepts, persons and terms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Apricot Dogs on June 29 2004
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I bought this book and several other "introductory" philosophy books to help me create a high school elective in philosophy. The other books I purchased used the traditional method of simplifying some of philosophy's abstract concepts, some better than others. But Philosophy for Kids is different in that it uses questions and clarifying exercises to help students (and anyone else who reads the book) to understand the philosophies and opinions that they already hold. After using this book in the classroom my students were able to find out just how philosophical they already were. This book does not have to be read from beginning to end, but can be explored by whatever topic/question appeals to the reader the most and then moving on to other related questions. Any reader, of any age, can get to know themselves better by reading this book. And isn't that one of the main goals of philosophy?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.B. on Sept. 23 2010
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This book is an excellent introduction to philosophy as a way of thinking, explaining complex ideas and problems in a way that children can understand and relate to. It also gives a pretty good history of philosophy, although one would be mistaken to think that this is the author's aim.
While some might think this book is only for the precocious child, I would argue that all children have a natural sense of wonder about the world and that a book like this is meant to help them think a few steps further than they would be able to manage on their own. I would recommend this book for children between ages 8 and 12 or 13.
There is a follow-up by the same author "The Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for Kids" which has excerpts from well-known or important philosophers. This text is more difficult and meant for older children.
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Philosophy For Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder... About Everything! is an educational guide by David A. White (Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University) specifically for young readers and their teachers and homeschooling parents about philosophical debates concerning values, knowledge, reality, and critical thinking. Brief introductions to the teachings of famous philosophers throughout history, issues of basic logic and reasoning, notes and suggestions "for further thought" and more fill this unusually well presented and mind-expanding educational resource.
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