Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy

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Berkley Books, 1994 - Fiction - 523 pages
One day when Sophie comes home from school, she finds two questions in her mail: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? Before she knows it, she is pondering all the great questions of Western philosophy (from the Greeks to Kant, to Marx and Freud) with a mysterious mentor. But Sophie is also receiving a separate batch of equally unusual letters. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up in Sophie's world? To solve this riddle, Sophie uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined.

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Most entertaining Philosophy overview. It makes philosophy easy for the broad public through the fictional story of a teenager named Sophie. A great introduction to philosophy. A great book for youth. Not adequate if you are looking for a straight novel. Not adequate if you are looking for an advanced philosophy book. 

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This book lost me halfway. Sorry Read full review



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Jostein Gaarder was born in Olso, Norway on August 8, 1952. A former high school philosophy teacher, he now writes numerous novels for children and adults. His best known work is Sophie's World. He has received numerous awards including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1994 for Sophie's World, the Buxtehude Bulle in 1997, and the Willy-Brandt-Award in 2004.

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