CONSIDERTHIS: Philosophy for Everyday Life



philosophy noun
phi·los·o·phy | \ fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fē

The original meaning of the word philosophy comes from the Greek roots philo- meaning “love” and -sophos, or “wisdom.” Philosophy = Love of Wisdom


So what’s new at the Traverse Area District Library? 

Philosophy. (Yep, you read that right.)

TADL has partnered with Casey Cowell, Principal of Boomerang Catapult, to offer a collection of books intended to encourage critical thinking through reading, reflection and discussion. The collection and upcoming discussion-based programs are titled CONSIDERTHIS: Philosophy for Everyday Life. Cowell believes that the public library is a great place to develop an understanding of difficult concepts and then engage in discussion about how to think… instead of what to think. 

“To contribute meaningfully as thoughtful, informed and engaged citizens we need to learn how to think critically,” said Cowell. “We all need to develop critical thinking skills and learn how to apply that thinking to any subject we tackle.”

The books in the collection cover a wide array of philosophical musings, ethical topics for all ages including picture books, graphic novels and books.

“TADL is very excited to offer programming and books available from our collaboration with Boomerang Catapult,” said incoming Director Michele Howard. “Our goal is to inspire people of all ages to read, think critically, and if possible, join us in civic discourse on a variety of topics.”   

Beginning on October 2 @ 6:30 p.m., the community is invited to participate in the first discussion based program of CONSIDERTHIS: Ethics and Animals. This session asks us to consider how we should understand our ethical obligations to non-human animals.

Teens are invited to their own conversation on Saturday, October 12 (plus there will be snacks)!  Conversation Guides for parents and caregivers to accompany the children’s books in the collection.

Visit the TADL Main Library to browse the CONSIDERTHIS: collection of books, located in the first floor lobby bookshelves, near the “Hot Titles.”