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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
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Jan 20, 11

did not like it

this will make you hate philosophy. especially if you're an atheist or a woman. the fiction bits are creepy, and the philosophy bits are strictly white male centric. heavy on the metaphysics, light on the social relevance.
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Nandakishore Varma And only Western philosophy is covered, I imagine.

I started and left this book twice before, but this time I am determined to finish.

message 2: by Liz (new) - rated it 1 star

Liz yeah, only western european philosophy, even, once you get past the ancient greeks. also weirdly heavy on the Christian theology? I found it pretty light/readable and therefore a useful introduction to these philosophers even though I didn't think it was a good book per se, but if it's feeling like a chore, I wouldn't bother. I haven't read it but Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy covers all the same philosophers plus many more and he's a better writer, so I'm planning to read that at some point.

Nandakishore Varma Also try Will Durant's Story of Philosophy - an excellent introduction to Western philosophy.

message 4: by Liz (new) - rated it 1 star

Liz sweet, thanks!

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