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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
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Jul 10, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: favourites, philosophy, ya, meta, 1990s, bildungsroman, translated-fiction
Recommended to Michael by: Mary
Read from August 12 to 19, 2010

Sophie’s World is written as a novel but really dives into the history of Philosophy. The book is about a teenage girl, Sophie who keeps getting letters on philosophy in the mail. These letters spark Sophie’s curiosity and provide questions and answers to questions on life. Jostein Gaarder intended the book to be both a novel and a basic guide to philosophy, which made the book very easy to read.

Sophie started her studies with the natural philosophers, before moving onto the popular Greeks (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle) all the way up to Darwin, Freud, and Sartre. Though covering most of the major philosophers Gaarder didn’t shy away from the lesser known or even the controversial ones (Marx). He did a good job of showing the positive and negative points of each philosopher, while trying not to tell the reader which ones are better than others.

The novel aspect of this book is bizarre and intriguing, with little examples of philosophical theories along the way. It did a great job of breaking up the history lesson to bring the reader back to the feeling of reading a novel. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading it again. Next time I plan to read it slower and spend time exploring these philosophers in greater detail. Well worth the read and a good introductory point into the world of philosophy.
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message 1: by Mary-Jane (new)

Mary-Jane I loved this little book - it's suitable for adults, but I would also give it to a bright teenager as sort of an intro to basic world philosphy

Michael definatly a good place to start

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