Fillossofee: Messages from a Grandfather


(MediaQuire) Author Robert Gately is pleased to announce the release of his new book; Fillossofee: Messages from a Grandfather available on Amazon.

Robert Gately wrote the book so he could pass down to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. “It expresses my views of life in a world of discovery and is a philosophy book whose subjects range from history (Copernicus, Pythagoras, the Gnostics, etc.) to physics (The Big Bang, The Big Crunch, Relativity, etc.) to logic and religion (The Trolley Problem, reincarnation, radical movements, etc.). “

Today, modern technology keeps our youth engaged in a myriad of social networks that can reduce one’s natural curiosity about life’s imponderables like life, and death, and other, less important issues.

Although perhaps a bit pedantic, the book includes interesting tidbits as you and them take a journey of discovery. For instance, the moon is retreating from us at a rate of 1.48 inches a year, which is about the same rate our fingernails grow. Not much to concern ourselves with now, but just wait a few million years!

Robert Gately hopes to inspire readers with Fillossofee: Messages from a Grandfather to search for truth. “Hopefully, this will lead us into seeking the hard-to-reach conclusions in life like, ‘Who is God?’ and ‘What is our place in the universe?’, or practical issues like, ‘Is killing another human being wrong?’ We explore exclusions, if any, and if we do have exceptions like ‘It’s okay to kill in self-defense,’ that doesn’t mean we can’t attain absolute truth about other things in life. The fact is, we all opine about everything under the sun, and it’s important we push our psyches to the limit or to conclusions that ultimately define us. On important matters in dispute, we vote and come to a mass conclusion like on capital punishment, which allows for the killing of human beings under certain conditions. I might disagree, and I have avenues to take my disagreement in a peaceful, legal way. The fact is, though, the search for truth is what matters. I must actively seek to find. One might say, I should just open my eyes. Simple? Yes, but true. I might add, we should be asking the right questions. ”

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Fiction that is philosophical in tone or relates to philosophy in some way:

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose by Diana Janney
Stories for Thinking by Robert Fisher
Aesop’s Fables

Introductory philosophical material:

The Philosophy Files 1 and 2 by Stephen Law (for younger teenagers)
The Philosophy Gym by Stephen Law (for older teenagers)
The Dead Philosopher’s Café by Nora K. and Vittorio Hosle
A Young Person’s Guide to Philosophy by Weate and Lawman

Poetry collections with a philosophical flavour:

I Was Only Asking by Steve Turner
First Poems for Thinking by Robert Fisher
Poems for Thinking by Robert Fisher

For the older student:

Philosophy For Kids by David White
Philosophy For Teens and More Philosophy For Teens by Sharon M. Kaye and Paul Thomson
Philosophy Through Science Fiction: A Coursebook with Readings by Ryan Nichols, Nicholas D. Smith and Fred Miller
‘The Philosophy Student’s Beginners Pack’:
    Philosophy: The Basics
    Philosophy: The Basic Readings
    Philosophy: The Classics
    Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide
    Thinking from A to Z

    All by Nigel Warburton
The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton
Can a Robot be Human? by Peter Cave
50 Philosophy Ideas by Ben Dupre
The Pig That Wants to be Eaten and 99 other thought experiments by Julian Baggini
The Duck That Won the Lottery and 99 other bad arguments by Julian Baggini
101 Philosophy Problems by Martin Cohen
101 Ethical Dilemmas by Martin Cohen
Philosophical Tales by Martin Cohen
Wittgenstein’s Beetle and other classic thought experiments by Martin Cohen