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Sophie's World: a Novel about the History of Philosopy (original 1991; edition 1997)

by Jostein Gaarder

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Title:Sophie's World: a Novel about the History of Philosopy
Authors:Jostein Gaarder
Info:Penguin Putnam Inc (1997), Edition: Open market ed, Paperback, 544 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, read in 2013

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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (1991)

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This book is a summary of Western Philosophy starting at the Early Greek Philosophers (let's say Pre-Socrates) and ending with the modern philosophers. Luckily, this book reads mostly like a novel.

I really liked the beginning of the book. I happen to have had a class on Pre-Socratic philosophy, as part of my Greek lessons, and I think that after a year I got the vision of Heraklitus cum suis clear. So it was most interesting to read about it in this book.

In this part it still is a story you're reading.

After Socrates, Plato and Aristotle it's only a short way to 'modern' philosophy, starting at Descartes. (I also happen to have had a class on the 'philosophy and introduction of ethics' where the professor just couldn't shut up about Descartes, and after very few words on Kant and Nietzsche moved on to Freud, another person he really liked to talk about) But at some point during the (I think it's was the 19th century philosophers) I got lost. As the philosophy becomes weirder (as in like 'what if we're not real, but just live in the imagination of someone else'), the story also takes a turn down that path, and it turns barely understandable. The sense of reading a novel gets lost as well. It left me confused. (Though I really liked the first part) ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
A fictional review of all major philosophies. Very good, but not my thing. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
This book is beautiful. I can't explain to you in so many words what is beautiful about it; you either get it, or you don't. This is definitely one of my favourite things I have ever read. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Mar 13, 2016 |
As someone who has no desire to study philosophy, but doesn't want to be completely uneducated, this was a valuable book. My friends and I passed it around in high school, and each of us came away with a basic understanding of the major schools of thought. It's told in a simple, slightly fantastical style that keeps the reader's interest despite the heavy material. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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As philoso-narrative, "Sophie's World" is a world above "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" but a universe below "The Magic Mountain." In my view, literate readers would do better to try Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy," which is shorter on magic but longer on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly skepticism.

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Jostein Gaarderprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchholz, QuintCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eriksson, MonaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haefs, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klok, JankeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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He who cannot draw on three thousand years

is living from hand to mouth.

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tremila anni rimane al buio e vive alla giornata".

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Este libro no habría nacido sin el alentador apoyo de Siri Dannevig. También quiero agradecer a Maiken Ims su revisión del manuscrito y sus valiosos comentarios. Mi gran agradecimiento también a Trond Berg Eriksen por sus cariñosas observaciones y sólido apoyo profesional durantes muchos años.
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Sophie Amundsen was on her way home from school.
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Deze roman over de geschiedenis van de filosofie is een spannend verhaal, een detective en een filosofie-geschiedenis in één: een intrigerende roman die iedereen zal aanspreken die iets over zichzelf en de wereld om zich heen wil leren.
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One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From that irrestistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while 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 pilosophy she is learning--but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.… (more)

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