Sun, Nov 19|
Online via Zoom
NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT: ADVENTURES IN PHILOSOPHY WITH KIDS
A Must-Attend Book Talk for Preschool Parents with Author Scott Hershovitz
Time & Location
Nov 19, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST
Online via Zoom
About the Event
A fast-paced and funny investigation of life’s biggest questions, guided by the world’s most clever and creative thinkers—kids. Some of the best philosophers in the world gather in surprising places— preschools and playgrounds. They debate questions about metaphysics and morality, even though they’ve never heard those words and can’t tie their shoes. They’re kids. And as University of Michigan professor of philosophy and law Scott Hershovitz shows, they can help grown-ups solve some of life’s greatest mysteries. Hershovitz has two young sons, Rex and Hank. From the time they could talk, he noticed that they raised philosophical questions and tried to answer them. They re-created ancient arguments and advanced entirely new ones. That’s not unusual, Hershovitz says. Every kid is a philosopher. Powered by questions like: Does Hank have the right to drink soda? Is it ever okay to swear? and, Does the number six exist? the Hershovitzes take us on a fun romp through classic and contemporary philosophy. If we join kids on philosophical adventures, Hershovitz argues, we can become sharper thinkers and recapture their wonder at the world. “This is the only parenting book I would insist everyone read, whether they have kids or not.” —Merve Emre, author of The Personality Brokers and contributing writer at The New Yorker
Scott Hershovitz is director of the Law and Ethics Program and professor of law and philosophy at the University of Michigan. He holds a BA in philosophy and politics from the University of Georgia, a JD from Yale Law School, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Hershovitz served as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.
You may order Nasty, Brutish and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with Kids by Scott Hershovitz from:
- Rakestraw Books in Danville: https://www.rakestrawbooks.com/book/9781984881830
- Orinda Books in Orinda: https://www.orindabooks.com/book/9781984881830
- Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore in Berkeley: https://www.mrsdalloways.com/book/9781984881830
- Your preferred local bookstore or online retailer
Admission is free. Upon registration, you will first receive a confirmation email. An hour before the program begins, we will email the Zoom link you need to join the event. If you don't see these emails, please check your spam/junk folder to retrieve them. We suggest you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts list as well.
Sponsored by CCJCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom, and Jewish Book Council in partnership with Cong. B'nai Tikvah and Diablo Valley Hadassah.