' Sophies World is an extraordinary achievement' Sunday times ' A marvellously rich book. Its success boils down to something quite simple Gaarder's gift for communicating ideas' Guardian ' An Alice in Wonderland for the 90s...already Sophies World is being talked up as philosophy's answer to Stephen Hawkin's A Brief History of time...this is a ...
' Sophies World is an extraordinary achievement' Sunday times ' A marvellously rich book. Its success boils down to something quite simple Gaarder's gift for communicating ideas' Guardian ' An Alice in Wonderland for the 90s...already Sophies World is being talked up as philosophy's answer to Stephen Hawkin's A Brief History of time...this is a simple wonderful, irresistible book' Daily Telegraph ' Seductive and original...Sophies World is, as it dares to congratulate itself,"a strange and wonderful book" TLS 'challenging,information and packed with easily grasped, and imitable, ways of thinking about difficult ideas' Independent on Sunday
This is a great little book to learn about philosophy without all that dry stuff you find in dusty old books and just as dusty old libraries.
The lead character is a 14-year old girl who learns about life in some really cool ways that the kid in us will readily identify with . . . I loved reading about Socrates and Plate. I never did like Aristotle despite what the Middle Age philosophers tried to do to resurrect his ideas.
I loved how the author dealt with Spinoza and Locke and made every philosopher come alive.
Enjoy this book leisurely!
Jan 26, 2012
Not the same version as shown by the cover photo. I received an older version that had some writing in it. It is still a great read though.
Feb 24, 2011
Sophie's World is a well laid out history of signifigant philosophical history intertwined with a story of two girls; Sophie and Hilde who are both adolescants. The historical facts are broken up nicely by their somewhat lighthearted attitudes and lives, This is a good starting point for those who want to figure out how we (humanity) have gotten to this point in our collective understanding.
Mar 5, 2009
Philosophy wrapped around a story...or is it the other way around? An excellent book for youth and adults!
Oct 4, 2008
Presents a straight-forward yet entertaining look on the different worldviews we encounter in life. A great introduction to philosophy book for youth, but really for all ages.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-08-15 This long, dense novel, a bestseller in the author's native Norway, offers a summary history of philosophy embedded in a philosophical mystery disguised as a children's book-but only sophisticated young adults would be remotely interested. Sophie Amundsen is about to turn 15 when she receives a letter from one Alberto Knox, a philosopher who undertakes to educate her in his craft. Sections in which we read the text of Knox's lessons to Sophie about the pre-Socratics, Plato and St. Augustine alternate with those in which we find out about Sophie's life with her well-meaning mother. Soon, though, Sophie begins receiving other, stranger missives addressed to one Hilde Moller Knag from her absent father, Albert. As Alberto Knox's lessons approach this century, he and Sophie come to suspect that they are merely characters in a novel written by Albert for his daughter. Teacher and pupil hatch a plot to understand and possibly escape from their situation; and from there, matters get only weirder. Norwegian philosophy professor Gaarder's notion of making a history of philosophy accessible is a good one. Unfortunately, it's occasionally undermined by the dry language he uses to describe the works of various thinkers and by an idiosyncratic bias that gives one paragraph to Nietzsche but dozens to Sartre, breezing right by Wittgenstein and the most influential philosophy of this century, logical positivism. Many readers, regardless of their age, may be tempted to skip over the lessons, which aren't well integrated with the more interesting and unusual metafictional story line. Author tour. (Sept.)
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