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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
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Initial thougths: When I was 9, I had this romantic notion about university that I would spend my days reading, writing and debating about literature and philosophy. Funnily, it wasn't until I picked out Sophie's World at 12 that I was first introduced to philosophical theory and history. Naturally, I didn't grasp all of the concepts yet, but I did enjoy reading the book for it made me feel a great deal smarter. Haha.

Fast forward to today, I've visited and revisited many of these ideas in high school, junior college and university classes in much greater detail. Going back to Sophie's World filled me fondness. Reading about Sophie as well as philosophers ranging from Aristotle to Socrates, to Locke, Descartes Nietzsche, and co. felt like visiting old friends. However, I've come to recognise that philosophy cannot be viewed only from the Western lens, and it's there where Sophie's World falls short.

As for the story surrounding the history of philosophy? I'd nearly forgotten that this one's a story-within-a-story, which aptly explores questions of how do we know what we know? Do we really exist or are we merely figments of someone's imagination, and even so, does it really matter?
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January 8, 2014 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
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July 20, 2014 – Shelved as: philosophy (Paperback Edition)
May 6, 2015 – Shelved as: text-fiction (Paperback Edition)
May 6, 2015 – Shelved as: target-young-adult (Paperback Edition)
May 6, 2015 – Shelved as: philosophy (Paperback Edition)
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May 9, 2016 – Shelved as: to-re-read (Paperback Edition)
February 21, 2019 – Started Reading
February 21, 2019 – Shelved
February 27, 2019 – Shelved as: own-to-read-fiction (Paperback Edition)
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February 28, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: philosophical-novel
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: story-within-a-story
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