The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,034,055 members ⚫ 1,328,001 ebooks

New to

Learn more

The Philosophical Baby

What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life

The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik
Buy this eBook
US$ 9.99
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)

For most of us, having a baby is the most profound, intense, and fascinating experience of our lives. Now scientists and philosophers are starting to appreciate babies, too. The last decade has witnessed a revolution in our understanding of infants and young children. Scientists used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Recently, they have discovered that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and even more conscious than adults.

This new science holds answers to some of the deepest and oldest questions about what it means to be human. A new baby's captivated gaze at her mother's face lays the foundations for love and morality. A toddler's unstoppable explorations of his playpen hold the key to scientific discovery. A three-year-old's wild make-believe explains how we can imagine the future, write novels, and invent new technologies. Alison Gopnik - a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother - explains the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in our understanding of very young children, transforming our understanding of how babies see the world, and in turn promoting a deeper appreciation for the role of parents.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux; August 2009
304 pages; ISBN 9781429959445
Read online, or download in secure EPUB
Title: The Philosophical Baby
Author: Alison Gopnik
  • News
The science of raising happy kids starts with enchanted garden - The Mercury News
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:01:35 -0700
The Mercury NewsThe science of raising happy kids starts with enchanted gardenThe Mercury NewsIn the book, Gopnik, who also ...
Oh my god, Jonah Lehrer did it again. - New Republic
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:09:02 -0700
New RepublicOh my god, Jonah Lehrer did it again.New RepublicBut A Book About Love is apparently not just “insolently ...
An academic conference you can bring your baby to - UC Berkeley
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:09:22 -0700
UC BerkeleyAn academic conference you can bring your baby toUC BerkeleyHer books include Mothers on the Fast Track (2007) and ...