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Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy Hardcover – 28 Jun 2018


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Featured in The Guardian's Best Children's Books of 2018

"The nonfiction shelves were vast too, but our pick was Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy (The School of Life) - a plain-speaking guide to philosophers, what matters and how to deal with things. A nine-year-old of my acquaintance was struck by a Mary Wollstonecraft idea - "why we hate cheap things" - about rarity and value."

"The book itself is genius with an introduction to leading figures of philosophy from around the world from all eras... Topics such as 'Why you feel lonely', 'Politeness matters', 'People are unhappy not mean', and 'The mind-body problem' offer invaluable insights into philosophy in a way that our children can really get on board with." - Laura, blogger at five little doves

"I absolutely LOVE this book!!!!! This guide to wisdom and happiness is beautifully written. The tone and voice are exceptional for kids and the lessons are IMPORTANT. Positive self-esteem and coping strategies are necessary to mental health and stability; something that is often overlooked with our young children. As an adult, it reinforced all of the problem solving and self-talk techniques that I am constantly reminding myself to practice day to day! Big Ideas for Curious Minds should be a required read for all children and parents. This world would be a better place if we could understand ourselves and communicate and empathize with others. Thank you for the experience." - Maria Conn, Read-Ability

"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, "Big Ideas for Curious Minds" is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, school, and community library collections." - Midwest Review

"Introspective, thoughtful kids ages 8 and up may find this book interesting to ponder. Parents nearing the end of patience for their tweens may want to leave this book lying around for browsing." - Youth Services Book Review

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The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence. It addresses issues such as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand and - where necessary - change the world. These ideas are delivered through a range of channels: from videos, books, and products - to classes, events, and one-to-one therapy sessions.

The School of Life Press brings together the thinking and ideas of the School of Life creative team under the direction of series editor, Alain de Botton. Their books share a coherent, curated message that speaks with one voice: calm, reassuring, and sane.

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