Author: Chris Hornsey
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!”
Posted In: Logic, Metaphysics

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?