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Philosophy History in 400 pages

  • Jul 6, 2010

For anyone wanting to cover thousands of years of philosophy in about 400 pages, Sophie's World is an excellent choice. The novel begins not too out of the ordinary, with a 15 year old girl who finds mysterious letters. This letters turn out to develop into "philosophy lessons" led by a man Sophie has never met. From Aristotle to Spinoza to modernism, Sophie's eyes are opened to abstract concepts she has never thought to think. The book contains long passages of philosophy with wide-eyed metaphors that even a 15 year old can understand. You can get philosophy without being bogged down by frivolous language. The novel is also part narrative of Sophie's daily life; which becomes increasingly mysterious and surprising since the beginning of her philosophy lessons. 

This book is great for reading, setting down, and picking back up later. Since the actual "plot" of the book is not extremely intricate, it is easy to come back to this book even if you haven't read it in a few days. It's a great novel to be entertained and educated by, especially if you are new to philosophical history. The prose is radically descriptive, filled with imagery of historical places.  

I recommend this book to leisurely readers who like to expand on their wisdom.  

Philosophy History in 400 pages

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July 12, 2010
I like the sound of this book! I'll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing, Nicole!
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review by . July 21, 2010
This beast of a book covers a huge variety of philosophers and puts their ideas in very understandable terms.  If you have ever wanted to dabble in the world of philosophy, this is a great place to start.  Each chapter acts like a 'taster.'  While the plot leaves something to be desired - some of it is just bizarre - it works like a Socrates (mono)dialog.  Sophie asks questions that come naturally to readers.      While Sophie's World is highly …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
If we could make all the vast and hard subjects on the style of Sophie`s World we would have a wise generation. Here is a simple way to be wise, not just learnig the answers but the questions.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
I have recommended this to the young and young at heart as a way to get an initial grasp on western philosophy.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
One of the few books where the writing suits the subject matter. An interesting read.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
I read this book when I was a tween and it is in great part responsible for me having philosophy as my first major. (I'm psychology and art now.)
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Great fictional veneer of a walk through philosophy.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
excellent to start a discussion with friends and with yourself
review by . August 13, 2009
Alice gained wisdom down a rabbit hole and Sophie gained wisdom through a situation with a rabbit running through it.      Every human being on the planet who can read and wants to understand humanity can do it in a very enjoyable way by reading Sophie's World. I promise you it will capture you and you will have it on your mind the whole time you are reading it. And, you will be thinking about when you can get back to it and sometimes you will just push everything else aside …
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 Sophie finds two questions in her mailbox with which she becomes obsessed.She must use the philosopical concepts of Western thought to answer them.
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ISBN-10: 0374530718 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780374530716 (pbk.)
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date Published: March 20, 2007
Format: Series: FSG classics. Other title: Sofies verden. Translated by Paulette Møller. Includes reader's group guide in back of book.
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