University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
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Title and Author: Why do I Have to Eat Off the Floor? by Chris Hornsey

Field of Philosophy: Logic; Metaphysics

Plot Summary: A dog asks a child a series of “why” questions, like “Why can’t I sleep in your bed?” and “Why can’t I drive the car?” The child finally responds, “Because you’re a dog!”

Some discussion questions:

Rules and Reasoning
Do rules require reasons?
Can you have a good rule based on bad reasons? A bad rule based on good reasons?
Are there any rules that don’t need reasons?
What makes certain reasons good ones?
How do we determine if a reason is a good one?

Being and Doing
Are there things we can’t do because of who we are?
What makes a certain thing that thing – a dog a dog, a tree a tree, a person a person?
Can we change who we are?