The Philosophy Files
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This issue’s cover is from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Monkey Puzzle. Written in rhyme, this agreeable story has butterfly helping little monkey to find his mum. Scheffler’s distinctive, entertaining and strongly characterised illustrations make good use of the page as little monkey meets lots of jungle inhabitants before being reunited with his mum. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help in producing this July cover.
The basic topics in philosophy are presented in a remarkably clear and enjoyable way in this book. These include identity, morality, the mind, and even a brief introduction to the philosophy of religion. Throughout the book, the author reminds his readers that in philosophy they should learn to think for themselves - and far more importantly, that it is perfectly in order to question things or disagree with what the author might be saying. The simple cartoon-like illustrations add to the text, which is consistently humorous and easily understood. The book is probably best aimed at secondary aged children, although interested adults could also find it an enjoyable and non threatening introduction to a subject often deemed inaccessible.