Author(s): Francoise Armengaud
At its most basic, philosophy is about learning how to think about the world around us. It should come as no surprise, then, that children make excellent philosophers! Naturally inquisitive, pint-size scholars need little prompting before being willing to consider life's "big questions," however strange or impractical. Plato Co. introduces children and curious grown-ups to the lives and work of famous philosophers, from Descartes to Socrates, Einstein, Marx, and Wittgenstein. Each book in the series features an engaging and often funny story that presents basic tenets of philosophical thought alongside vibrant color illustrations. "Mister Wittgenstein! Stop looking for a horned beast in the middle of a Cambridge classroom!," an exasperated Bertrand Russell commands his pupil. But the young Ludwig Wittgenstein knows that, just because we don't see a rhinoceros, doesn't mean one may not be hiding where we least expect it. When war breaks out in Europe, Ludwig is recruited for a top-secret mission. Alas, no one is able to make sense of rhino-loving philosopher's notebooks. What could he possibly mean by so many seemingly nonsensical statements? Plato Co.'s clear approach and charming illustrations make this series the perfect addition to any little library.
Francoise Armengaud is a philosopher who has taught at the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense. Annabelle Buxton is a Paris-based illustrator whose work has appeared in books, newspapers, and magazines. Jean Paul Mongin is a philosopher who lives and works in Paris. He is the editor of the Plato Co. series. Laurent Moreau is an illustrator based in Strasbourg. Anna Street is the translator for Plato and Co. She is a PhD candidate at Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and the University of Kent.