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Why are children obsessed with the forbidden?

Kantian moral logic doesn't work on four year olds

By Sam Leith   February 2016

A child sleeps on the sofa after a heavy night of trick-or-treating. ©pessap

“Dad, can I have a trickortreat today?” These are, more or less unfailingly, the first words out of my four-year-old son’s mouth at half six in the morning. A “trickortreat,” in his happy rhyming slang, is a sweet, so named because of the indelible impression that Halloween made on him. On that night, my children went through the backstreets of East Finchley like a swarm of…

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