THE PHI­LOS­O­PHY OF CHILDING

Un­lock­ing Cre­ativ­ity, Cu­rios­ity, and Rea­son through the Wis­dom of Our Youngest

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Christopher Phillips, Sky­horse Pub­lish­ing Hard­cover $24.99 (244 pp), 978-1-5107-0326-1

Ex­plor­ing the roles and ex­pec­ta­tions of child­hood on­ward, The Phi­los­o­phy of Childing: Un­lock­ing Cre­ativ­ity, Cu­rios­ity, and Rea­son through the Wis­dom of Our Youngest chal­lenges con­ven­tion­ally ac­cepted views of ag­ing and age-ap­pro­pri­ate rea­son, from child­hood and ado­les­cence through to adult­hood and old age. Christopher Phillips, cre­ator of the orig­i­nal Socrates Café, poses ques­tions and ideas by re­count­ing per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, shar­ing tran­scripts from var­i­ous Socrates Cafés, and re­lat­ing the wis­dom of dozens of well-known (and ob­scure) philoso­phers, from Socrates him­self to the Brazil­ian ed­u­ca­tor Paolo Freire and “moral philoso­pher” and Rus­sian nov­el­ist Leo Tol­stoy.

More con­cerned with open­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and di­a­logues than draw­ing hard con­clu­sions, The Phi­los­o­phy of Childing is a spring­board for de­bate, ad­dress­ing ev­ery­thing from moral de­vel­op­ment and imag­i­na­tion to the idea of “ripeness” as a hu­man be­ing. Phillips, a self-pro­claimed Mo­nop­oly en­thu­si­ast with a pen­chant for quot­ing Shake­speare, me­di­ates and gen­tly guides while un­cov­er­ing or re­cov­er­ing some of the most ba­sic and fun­da­men­tal joys of be­ing a child, at any age.

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