Between the leaves of this story are two young inquirers. Sophia, you could say, was the first to start asking why things are the way they seem, but Phil was first to really get up close to nature. Who’s Moving is a nostalgic narrative about two siblings as they embark on a grand move to a new house. Phil and Sophia along the way practice thinking philosophically, questioning everything they encounter. From trees to pastries, each chapter discusses how reflection, relationships, reasoning, and resistance are meaningful to developing an identity. The works of four creative philosophers laid the framework and inspired the characters and situations encountered by Phil and Sophia. Dendra is inspired by Marya Schehtman’s narrative account of personal identity, Streben is inspired by Paul Katsafanas’ Nietzschean view, Sunyata is inspired by Derek Parfit’s reductionist account of personal identity, and the Pastries are inspired by Christine Korsgaard’s work with practical identity. Phil and Sophia are us. We all question the world. On the road to their new house, Phil and Sophia listen together, work together, become frustrated together, and ultimately question who they are—together. The story is full of inquiry and deep thinking that inspires engagement with philosophy. Philosophical exploration involves active participation in a dialogue with the intention of achieving wisdom. It is an inherently communal process that values new ideas and new ways of seeing the world. This book takes seriously the idea that children can profit greatly from engaging with philosophical ideas and it aims to facilitate and encourage such engagement. Through discussion questions presented at the end of every chapter, this book is designed to spur reflection and conversation, it is best read with others.
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Nicolas Navarro dreams of a world driven by insatiable inquiry. Hoping to spark curiosity and imagination in everyone, Nicolas writes with the values of philosophy in mind so others may find satisfaction through pursuing wisdom. Recently completing his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, this is Nicolas’ first novel before he continues his studies, pursuing a M.S.Ed. in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. On the horizon, Nicolas plans to apply for the Peace Corps and to continue writing philosophy novels for children. I (Nicolas) think the most important way I can impact people’s lives is to teach them to think philosophically. Philosophy values a dialogue by which ideas can be discussed to develop meaning and broaden one’s experience. Doing philosophy inherently teaches people to think critically about the decisions they make and to become more accepting of others’ views. I hope you enjoy the book!
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