Dream Weaver One Boy's Journey Through the Landscape of Reality

ISBN-10: 0205528864

ISBN-13: 9780205528868

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Anniversary)

Authors: Jack Bowen

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This fictional approach to introduction to philosophy covers the major topics in philosophy (e.g. identity, knowledge, God, free will, etc.) through the strange experiences of a 14-year-old protagonist, Ian, and his mentor, the Old Man. One side of each issue is introduced in the first half of a chapter (eg. we do not have free will); the second half questions the position (e.g. do we have free will?). This allows the student to see how positions are both developed and defended and leaves them with an opportunity to draw their own conclusions. Each chapter includes annotations, allowing the reader to connect the ideas in the story with contemporary thinkers. The reader encounters each idea twice: once in the story line and once in the annotation. The annotations reinforce the concepts and encourage the reader to explore an idea further. Discussion questions at the end of the book are designed to encourage readers to think through the issues, rather than merely memorizing rote facts. This allows students to engage with each other and to actually "do" philosophy.
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Book details

List price: $27.60
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Note to Reader
Chronological List of Philosophers Encountered by Ian
Prologue: This Is the Title of the Prologue
A Note from the Old Man
What Really Really Happened
Self, Mind, Soul
What's in a Name?
We Are It
The Liar, Motion, and a "Surprise"
Silent Lonesome Tree
The Purpose of Meaning
The Price of a Paper and a Paper for a Price
Going East
No Thing
The Problem with Solutions
Faith and Reason
Why He Loves Her
Free Will
The Power of the Hill
Selfishness (and Science Revisited)
The Power of the Quill
Heaps and Eggs
The Hanging Town
Society, Politics, and Money
If Only
Ethics and Morality
Can You (Not) Believe It?
The Final Excursion
The Words After All Previous Words: Souls (Revisited) and Brains (Visited)... and Humans
Afterword: The "First" Excursion-The Author Authors
Reading Group Discussion Questions
KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny: Interview with Jack Bowen
Lyrics to "Beautiful Colors" by Matt and Jack Bowen
Questions for Discussion
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