Sophie's World

Sophie's World

A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Book - 2002
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One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? Before she knows it, she is enrolled in a correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre and beyond, with a mysterious philosopher. But Sophie is receiving a seperate batch of equally unusual letters. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up in Sophie's world? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must make use of the philosophy she is learning. But the truth is far more complicated than she could have imagined... Sophie's World is sheer delight. How I wish I'd had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!"-Madeline L' Engle
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, [2002], c1994
Edition: Berkley ed
ISBN: 9780425152256
0425152251
Characteristics: xii, 523 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Møller, Paulette

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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Knip
Nov 24, 2014

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

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braedynezra
Nov 19, 2013

Incredible book. Everyone should read it.

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Squirt_tastic
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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