Philosophy for Teens: Core Concepts and Life's Biggest Questions Examined (Paperback)

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Philosophy for Teens: Core Concepts and Life's Biggest Questions Examined (Paperback)


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Explore philosophy through thought-provoking questions for teens

If you like to ask deep questions about the world around you, then you already think like a philosopher. This book presents philosophy through fascinating questions you may have already thought about, like: Can we prove the existence of a God? What are minds, really? How can we be sure about anything? Ponder all these ideas and many more as you learn core philosophy concepts and strengthen your critical thinking skills.

What sets this book about philosophy for kids ages 12 to 16 apart:
  • An introduction to philosophy—Discover the history of philosophy, what makes a question philosophical in nature, and how being a philosopher can benefit you.
  • The six main branches—Find questions organized by their branch of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, aesthetics, and political philosophy.
  • Philosophy in practice—Learn which philosophers asked and answered each question, explore different sides of an argument, and apply philosophical concepts to real life.

Ponder life's biggest questions with this teen-friendly choice in philosophy books.
MARK LINSENMAYER grew up in the Chicago area, the son of a folk singer and a nurse. He started The Partially Examined Life podcast in 2009 and now runs four podcasts. He blogs frequently about philosophy and music; this is his second book. He’s married with two college-age children and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, see and
Product Details ISBN: 9781638782315
ISBN-10: 1638782318
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 190
Language: English
"There has never been a more important time to expose children to the great ideas. It is never too soon. In a time when truth itself is being superficially discarded without reasoned arguments, Linsenmayer arms children with deeper understanding and a highly accessible survey of the historic sweep of philosophy." —Drew Pinsky, MD

"A welcome addition to the burgeoning literature that strives to get young people interested in philosophy. Written with an engaging question-and-answer format and drawing on a huge range of philosophical sources, the book is especially notable and admirable for its inclusion of many non-Western thinkers." —Peter Adamson, author

"Linsenmayer's snappy writing makes difficult ideas accessible. This text illuminates an impressive number of ideas in a way that allows readers not only learn them but engage them critically." —Lawrence Ware, associate director of Center for Africana Studies and teaching assistant professor at Oklahoma State University