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Title:
A young person's guide to philosophy : "I think, therefore I am"
Author:
Weate, Jeremy.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations, map ; 29 cm
Summary:
Introduces over twenty-five of the world's greatest philosophers and presents a simple version of the tenets of philosophy.
General Note:
Includesindex.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789430748
Format :
Book

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From Socrates and Plato to Kant, Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir, here is an entertaining look at the world's greatest thinkers and their ideas, presented in a lively way that makes this intriguing subject accessible to all ages. Full color.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Teens who have thought about and questioned the hows, whats, and whys of human existence will find this introduction fascinating. The first half of the book defines philosophy, discusses its use in today's world, and takes readers on a chronological journey through the history of Western philosophy, exploring the life and times of 25 of the world's greatest thinkers--among them, Socrates, Descartes, Nietzsche, Simone de Beauvoir, and Herbert Marcuse. Name pronunciation guidance is included. The second section examines basic tenets of philosophy and groups the philosophers into schools of thought, clearly showing the similarities of ideas and who was influenced by whom. The concise, accessible text and the plentiful artwork contributed by Peter Lawman, including heavily captioned photos and drawings, make this a readable introduction to the world of great thinkers. Glossary. --Mary Romano Marks


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-An overly ambitious attempt to answer questions that kids may not even be asking. This title takes DK's "snippet" approach to nonfiction, offering little bits of loosely correlated information along with attractive illustrations. In this case, the complexity of the subject and its unfamiliarity to readers make this title problematic. Major Western philosophers (e.g., Plato, Socrates, Nietzsche, Aquinas) are introduced on two-page spreads, while those less well known (e.g., Thales, Anaximander) are treated in smaller paragraphs. The cartoon illustrations of each of these thinkers are highlighted with chatty personal tidbits reminiscent of Kathleen Krull's "Lives of..." books (Harcourt). However, the format is not as successful here. Short captioned illustrations depicting important symbols, occurrences, or people of the time appear as sidebars. A section titled "Philosophy Today" provides a few scant sentences about modern-day thinkers such as Michael Foucault and Jacques Derrida. In the final chapter, schools of thought (e.g., the Empiricists and the Rationalists) are broken down chronologically. In addition to introducing new concepts, this portion goes into greater detail on some of the philosophers presented earlier. It is distracting to have to flip back and forth to get all of the information on an individual. Although this visually appealing book might catch the eye of an otherwise uninterested child, the difficult subject matter and complicated presentation limit its audience.-Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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