Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy
About this book
Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all.
Yet too often this inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions fall away. This is a book designed to harness children's spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history. The 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.
The book functions as 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.
Reviews all around the world
My eight-year-old God-daughter stays with us two days a week. The chapter-stories are short, well crafted and she seemed to enjoy them. Then after the third story she announced that she didn’t like that green book about being curious.
This led to a discussion of the importance of words as mind pictures that we tell each other what we mean. After an extended conversation using the stories in the book she came to an understanding of the importance of the concept each story illustrates. She now has a special place she keeps the book for her next session.
My wife overheard our discussion of one of the first lesson and said, “I never knew that. Everyone should read that book.
Based on my experience age eight to 10 is probably the earliest entry age. The book works best in a one-on-one format with the adult questioning and listening. Limiting stories to one per day, after a brief review of previous stories, has the most impact.