Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Philosophical Child

This will be my last blog post for the school year - I'll start again in September. I wanted to let everyone know that my book, The Philosophical Child, is currently at press and will be available in September, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Here is the short summary of the book:
Do children ask philosophical questions? How can you tell? What does it mean to think philosophically? The Philosophical Child considers children’s philosophical potential, pointing out that frequently children’s questions and musings raise philosophical issues but adult preconceptions about children's limitations discourage exploration of these subjects. When children ask questions, in many ways it is the responses to the questions that determine whether they lead to a philosophical exchange. The book explores ways that parents and other adults can recognize and stimulate philosophical conversations about children's questions, describing a wide variety of resources for generating philosophical inquiry with children.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Obstinate Pen

The Obstinate Pen by Frank Dormer is a new picture book about a pen with a mind of its own. Each adult who ends up with the pen finds that it won't write what the adult intends, but instead writes what seem to be the pen's own thoughts and observations, which are often insulting and consistently hilarious.

For example, Uncle Flood wants to write his first sentence with his new pen: The following story is all true. The pen instead writes: You have a big nose!

The book inspires thinking about where thoughts come from, whether we always do what we intend and the relationship between intentions and actions, and the nature of artistic inspiration.