Title and Author: "Owl and the Moon" (in Owl At Home) by Arnold Lobel
Field of Philosophy: Metaphysics; Epistemology
Plot Summary: When Owl goes for a walk one evening, the moon follows him home and won’t leave when Owl tells it to go home. But when the moon disappears behind a cloud, Owl misses it.
Some Discussion Questions:WHAT IS IT TO BE ALIVE?
How can we tell if something is alive or not?
It has a face.
Are the following alive? Why or why not?
WHAT GOES TO SLEEP?
Do the following things go to sleep, don't go to sleep, or you don't know?
Knowledge and Belief
Can the moon be looking at Owl? Why does Owl think so?
Does Owl’s belief that the moon is looking back at him give us a reason to think this might be true? Why or why not?
What makes something true?
How could we find out if Owl’s belief that the moon is looking at him is true?