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Il mondo di Sofia: romanzo sulla storia della filosofia

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Sofia Amundsen è una ragazzina dalla vita per niente straordinaria. Tutto cambia quando cominciano a spuntare strane domande dalla sua cassetta delle lettere, poi le curiose risposte dell'eccentrico filosofo Alberto Knox per cui Sofia approderà a una bislacca festa di compleanno, nel giardino degli Amundsen. Ma la storia di Sofia non è soltanto un giallo raffinato o un ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja Scienza, 542 pages
Published 1994 by Longanesi (first published December 5th 1991)
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Ahmad  Ebaid
I have started reading the English translation then I compared it to two other Arabic ones, and that was confusing as GOD, then I scheduled it again and again

بدأت القراءة في نسخة الترجمة الإنجليزية لأن أحدهم أفاد بأن الترجمة العربية سيئة، ثم قلت لنفسي "بلاش انجليزي أنا مش قد كدا"، وتراجعت للعربية ثم رجعت للإنجليزية من جديد.

"Thus was the confusing inside me - هكذا كان الصراع بداخلي"

وهكذا ضُرب علي الذل وتم تأجيل القراءة عدة مرات!...

أولاً، بجانب الترجمة الإنجليزية، فالكتاب كان متاح لي بترجمتين
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophy students, teenagers
Recommended to Toby by: my wife
It took me two months to get through this 500-page book. I can rationalize the reasons thusly:

— I was busy.

— I took time to absorb the content of the book. Instead of rushing through it, I let each chapter sink in before I moved on.

But that’s, you know, rationalizing. Here’s the real reason: It’s not very good. Okay, wait, that’s not fair. Let me start again.

Sophie’s World is, as the full title suggests, a “Novel about the history of philosophy.” The idea is to present that history as a
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sofies Verden = Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder
Sophie's World (Norwegian: Sofies verden) is a 1991 novel by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder. It follows the events of Sophie Amundsen, a teenage girl living in Norway, and Alberto Knox, a middle-aged philosopher who introduces her to philosophical thinking and the history of philosophy.
The book begins with Sophie receiving two messages in her mailbox and a postcard addressed to Hilde Møller Knag. Afterwards, she receives a packet of papers, part
Jul 11, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: zzzzzzzzz, yuk
I was a philosophy major in school and *everybody* would ask if I had read Sophie's World. "What an amazing book!" they would gush. "You'll love it!"

So I bought it. Purchased the book, let it simmer on my shelf for awhile, and finally picked it up a few years ago to give it a go.

I slogged through the first few chapters. Did my best to suspend my disbelief at the transparently device the author uses to introduce the ideas of many famous (and not-so-famous) philosophers. I tried to ignore the
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been an upsetting reread because I've found that though the book is a quiet entity on its own and in the mind of its readers, I was left hungry for more, but I was also balanced. For years after I read this book, which changed my life for the better, I thought it was the best read of the world.

Naive that I was, I also thought back then, that all philosophy books were as digestible as Sophie's World. What a delusion! The book is now slow and uncouth, being cut from the same cloth as
Basically, Russell's History of Western Philosophy adapted as a postmodern Norwegian YA novel. Or if you want more details:

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Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want a quick philosophy lesson
The two things this book has going for it are: the plot and narrative frame are original and creative, and the story is more informative than most.

The basic premise is that a 14-year-old Norwegian girl embarks on a correspondence course with a philosopher, and he teaches her the major points of Western philosophy, from the ancient Greeks up until the existentialists. What makes the narrative structure more original than your average novel is that everything becomes very meta and
David Monroe
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, philosophy
I enjoyed the book immensely. I studied basic philosophy in college so I soon became aware that many philosophers were left out and whole era's were glossed over in this book. You know, that's OK. One - It's not a text book and two - It's NOT a text book!

The stories are separate and finally come together in a fairly predictable way. It is a bit didactic, but imagine yourself a very bright, curious, thoughtful and sensitive 14, 15 or 16 year-old struggling with the usual thoughts and feelings of
Nandakishore Varma
May 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder is an ambitious project which falls flat - in my opinion, of course.

It is a very good introduction to European philosophy, with a few casual references to Eastern thought thrown in for the sake of comparison. Starting with Pre-Socratics, it provides a fairly simple and comprehensive look at classical philosophy. In the middle, it makes a detour into Christian theology and the Middle Ages before emerging triumphantly from the dark with Renaissance thought.
I really liked the idea of this book and has such a beautiful informations about everything but was boring to death and the same informations repeat them self !!! ...more
Emily May

It was okay. But I was hoping for a beautiful and engaging tale that took away the usual textbook format of reading about philosophy. It didn't happen. This book was nothing more than a lesson in letters and conversations, and I found the style didn't add anything exciting which I'm supposing was the point.

I didn't hate it but I could have just read my Philosophy of Religion AQA guide from college.

Paul Bryant
Oct 09, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
My dear Sophie, there comes a time when you have to face some harsh truths about this wicked world. And I think that time is now. Some people, and it pains me to say this, are not what they seem. I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but that breezy scoutmaster, that avuncular English teacher, and that fit young P.E. teacher might not be paedophiles at all. I know! Sometimes you have to read between the lines, and catch the innuendo in what appear to be innocent remarks. For instance, should the ...more
Sophie’s World is an outline of Western philosophy that is beautifully set in a fictional story. It goes from pre-Socratic philosophy all the way to Sartre.

Jostein Gaarder does a very good job not just by writing a concise history of philosophy, but also by writing a very accessible book for as far as early teenagers, which in itself is worthy of high praise. His comparison between different philosophers throughout the book is truly remarkable and made the book very enjoyable. He demonstrates,
K.D. Absolutely
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jillian
Recommended to K.D. by: Dexter Rutaquio
Shelves: 501, childrens
This is a truly one of the most amazing books that I read so far! After reading a few pages in 2007, I got really busy at work so this got sidelined. When I got interested on reading again a few months back and last weekend I resumed reading this, I just could not put this down and finished remaining 400 pages or so in just 2 days. I had almost zero background in Philosophy and its novel filled up my brain to the brim! And the way this novel did that was amazing. It was an easy read as I know ...more
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This is a novel that I remember zipping through and highly enjoying the first time I read it 20 years ago. When I decided to reread it, in part because of all the philosophical discussions on the excellent show "The Good Place," I was surprised by how much longer it took me to finish and how easily sidetracked I was by other books. (To be fair, I think I had this book with me on a remote vacation the first time, so I was a more captive audience back then.)

As the subtitle suggests, Sophie's World
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What went right in the beginning of with Sophie's World? And what caused it to plunge so grievously, groan-inducingly wrong? As a colleague commented to me, it's not often that we make it all the way through books that turn us off so dramatically. True. However, it's also unusual that a book would seem at least moderately intriguing and appealing for 500 pages, then flop. Flop in my personal opinion, that is.

The good things about Sophie's World...Interesting frame story that evolves into an
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: get in Philosophy
Shelves: in-my-library, arabic
Have you ever got from your friend that notebook that you like to read or study from? Have you ever said thing such: “OMG, He got the professor’s idea and wrote it very well” or thing such: “great summary you did for these lessons, may you give it to me to copy it”. Jostein Gaarder is one of these people who know how to give you a well done summary which makes you so comfortable with studying. However, while you are studying those notes to achieve what you want to achieve you would read this ...more
I read this book when I was twenty, and then I read it again recently on a business trip.

What's great about this book is that the author takes the prominent Philosophers from the West, and renders their essences into a form digestible by the larger public. In fact, he wrote this book only to teach his high school class in philosophy, but then it became a worldwide success.

The only thing I regret is that the author has not cared to look into the philosophers from the East. If he did, I am sure
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting little metafiction— at times, meta-metafiction— for aspiring baby philosophers. A digestible, sweet narrative of the history of philosophy that, like many actual philosophers, employs dialogues to explain ideas.

At times, it’s pretty adorable, and I wish I’d read this in high school. Other times, it goes off on tangents, hammers its points home a little too aggressively, and exudes a little too much glee over its own cleverness.

Sophie Amundsun is a clever fourteen-year-old full
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عماد العتيلي
I read this book a long time ago, and I really liked it. It's very powerful and attractive. It gave me a general idea of philosophy (it's worth mentioning that it was the first book I read about philosophy).
I read it in Arabic and English, and I enjoyed them both:)

I recommend it for those who have no idea of philosophy and philosophers. It's simple and noteworthy.
Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles
Took me a while to complete this book. But it was totally worth it.
Rebecca McNutt
At times a little dull-paced but overall very well-written and engaging, Sophie's World is an eye-opening classic with powerful themes.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It's not a silly question if you can't answer it.”

It’s refreshing when my expectations are met. Though this book is mostly for those who haven’t met with the philosophy yet, it was a nice reminder of everything I studied at University. Since he’s one of my favorite authors, it’s really hard for me to be objective about his work, but this novel is truly remarkable, despite its many flaws.

In a nutshell, the book is about the history of philosophy, featuring a 14-year-old girl named Sophie and
Kenghis Khan
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marx accused philosophers of describing the world and failing to change it. One of the extremely innovatinve aspects of this book is the author's ability to demonstrate how the world would be if philosophers did indeed change it. Bizarre though Berkeley, Hegel and Leibniz may seem to us, Gaarder does a remarkable job showing us how the world would looks like through the spectacles of these thinkers. Sophie's World is arguably unparalleled in its ability to "apply" the philosophical discourse to ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good chance for me to know about the basic philosophy. I've never thought about what we are, why we are living in this world. Especially, I got interested in Plato's philosophy. We tend to be inside the box like the people living inside the cave described in this story. They don't understand outside the cave. We should critically think about everything, and find out the truth. This will lead to a new creation. I'd studied my second language for a long time before I found out the best ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You’d better hurry up and cut the umbilical cord to your mortal progenitor. We no longer need their world.”

Here is what I think: this is probably the simplest yet most comprehensive book about the history of philosophy. Certainly, it will keep you reading. Sophie's World tells the story of a fourteen-year old girl who, after a long school day, opens her mailbox to find a mysterious letter with this question only, “Who are you?” This leads to a minor identity crisis in front of her bathroom
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Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm not sure how to rate this book. As a novel, there were many things that irked me: the dialogue was unnatural, the characters poorly built, and the narration was uninteresting. However, as a simplified re-counting of the history of Western Philosophy, it was extremely easy and enjoyable to read. I appreciate how I finally managed to understand some philosophers who have always eluded me (hello, Hegel). It was not terribly long -like History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, which ...more
David Sarkies
Philosophy for Teenagers
10 November 2019

This is certainly a strange little book, though I probably shouldn’t use the word little considering that it comes down to about something like 400 pages, which is certainly not little where books are concerned (though there are much, much longer books out there that I haven’t read). To put it into a succinct description I would describe it as an attempt to explain the world of philosophy to a teenager, at least that is what one of the characters
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
May 21, 2016 marked it as goldfinch-in-juice  ·  review of another edition
If you are assigned this in a philo course, demand your money back.

If you are reading this on your own, know that you are being lied to.

Stand up for yourself. Refuse to be intellectually insulted.

You'll come closer to real philosophical thought in a late=night bullshit session at your local fraternity.

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Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories, and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He often uses meta-fiction in his works, writing stories within stories.

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