If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts

Aristotle1_1 Stopped at the book store after work today and picked up "Harry Potter and Philosophy, If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts" after reading really good reviews on Amazon.

I'm only on the second chapter at this point--"Dursley Duplicity:  The Morality and Psychology of Self-Deception"--but it's not really what I expected.  It's kind of a how-to on being a better person, using HP characters as exemplars.

For example, the first chapter, "The Courageous Harry Potter" discusses "Harry Potter's Recipe for Courage":

  1. Prepare for the challenge
  2. Surround yourself with support
  3. Engage in positive self-talk
  4. Focus on what's at stake
  5. Take appropriate action

It then gives examples of how Harry completes each step, i.e., Harry surrounds himself with supportive friends and supports them in turn.

I'll have to write more when I've read more, but as of right now I'm wishing some of my college philosophy teachers had had this book.  It would've made class much more interesting.