Sophie's World

Sophie's World

A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Book - 2007
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"One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, each with a question: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From this irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through successive letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while also receiving letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must use the philosophy she is learning--but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007
Edition: Pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780374530716
Branch Call Number: FICTION GAARDER 2007
Characteristics: xi, 518 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Møller, Paulette


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Aug 25, 2016

An amazing book, recommended for everybody. If you share an interest in philosophy this is a book surely recommended. Sophie, a 14 year old girl who lived about her daily life until one day she receives a mail by a mysterious person that asks her the question that philosophers where always trying to solve; Who are we? Where did we come from? The author shows her analysis in which a normal person would think and then the mysterious person tells her what it most philosophers have agreed on. The beauty about this book is that it doesn't always talk about different philosophical ideas and the history of philosophy, but it also talks about Sophie, her daily life, and later on she interacts with that mysterious man. I find that a good thing because most people would have most probably lost interest without a "break" from philosophy.
- @L of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 24, 2014

a short great introduction to philosophy packaged in a cute story with a mysterious twist.

Nov 19, 2013

Incredible book. Everyone should read it.

Oct 12, 2013

This is a very clever way to introduce the basic ideas from the different eras of Philosophical thought. I was thoroughly entranced and loved every second of it!

bidbid Mar 18, 2011

'Sophie's World' is basically a summary of the various philosophical ideas that have come into existence over time put into story form.
The book can be a bit tedious in parts though, since a good portion of the story is in a lecture format where Sophie is asking questions and the teacher is verbally explaining things. At the end of the book, however, you do feel like you have a good foundational understanding of the Western philosophical thoughts that have occurred through time.
On a side note, I kept alert for any bias that the author might have towards one philosophical idea over another... at first I thought there was, but after reading further I felt that it was just Sophie (the main character) thoroughly immersing herself in each philosophy for the reader's benefit of understanding.


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