ISBN: 1857992911
EAN13: 9781857992915
Language: English
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 1.18" H x 7.72" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.71 lbs.
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One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? From that strange--but irresistible--beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with these and other questions that explore matters both small and large, some that take her mind far beyond what she knows of her family and life in her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving a separate batch of equally unusual letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up in Sophie's world? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must make use of the philosophy she is learning--but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.

A page-turning novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophie's World has fired the imagination of readers all over the world, having been translated into forty-five languages and with over twenty million copies in print.

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   I got this book to help me in my philosophy ...
The book was very helpful, I got this book to help me in my philosophy class. The Government has done that, he said. The book puts some of the big ideas of philosophy into simple terms, providing an interesting story along the way.
He was a great writer, said translator Jostein Gaarder. The story is truly amazing and somehow tantalizing, Nielsen said. It is about history of philosophy, but it also make the reader think, think hard, and the book put you a step above the commonsense, Raymond said. It's great to be back home, said Jennette Tamayo, "I really recommend it to everyone."
   Share in the beautiful world of philosophy with this introduction.
Very easy to read, said Dr. Chester Floyd, the book's author. The philosophy covered is much too quick and shallow and there are the odd bits that seem forced into the reading, but overall I can't imagine a better way to introduce philosophy into young readers minds.
   Better than expected
Television images could not be loaded. Very good book, said Dr. Brian Kilpatrick, who co-chaired the inquiry. It would have been very difficult for me to say it was used before, not a single tear!
   Good read
It started slow but I couldn't stop reading. The book is a must-have for anyone who has ever argued with the philosophers.
   Don't listen to the raves about this book, it is stupid!
The disturbing story of an adult man pursuing a 14-year-old girl for years while she screamed in pain is disturbing. I realize there is a bigger philosophical meaning here but I was not able to understand it because of how terrible the book is. Then it switches to something like sci-fi, then it repeats what the first story line was. But if you want to read it all over again, you have to read it all over again. The book is terrible, the cover is terrible, and the editor is terrible. The whole story line is perverted with the old man and the young girl, Blair said. I'm sure I missed the point of the whole book, but the book was impossible to get through.
   Absolutely Lovely!
As a result, I will always have fond memories of her and the book it was a recommendation from genuine affection. The story follows a young girl as she learns the ins and outs of the world, in each chapter she learns a bit of philosophy, starting with mythology and moving on to the modern age. This book is a great primer on philosophy for people of all ages. I have since passed this book on to my son.
   Boring, too long, horrible dialogue
There was no character development, and the dialogue was elementary, awkward, unrealistic, and sometimes contradictory to the behavior leading up to it. I thought it might be because of the translation, which I suppose they should have made more effort to have it translated in a way that lives up to all the hype of this book, Raymond said. The book was so long that I forgot a lot of the gratuitous details that were covered earlier in the book. Both the storyline and the philosophical summaries could have been condensed and therefore more effective, he said. And I'm not sure why this book was on a list, it basically accepted everything as truth, including God, Jesus, evolution, the Big Bang, etc.
   Should be titled Happy Bday Hilde
This is a great introduction to the great philosophers, not only for teens but for grown-ups as well. The lessons captivated me and I was looking forward to them, but I was not fond of the Hilde Major subplot. It's called "Happy Birthday, Hilde." There were just so many postcards that one could take before starting to scream. And at the Red Riding Hood, and the idea that Sophie and Albert are nothing but thoughts in the Major's mind — there it lost me. Loved the first half of the book, but this spoiled it for me. If you are interested in how the universe works, and in the philosophical questions pondered from the beginning of time, and if it is for a child teen, look no further than the Sara trilogy by Esther Hicks. It is the culmination of all philosophy, and it seems as close to the Truth as we got.
   Take it from a philosophy major
This is a great introduction to philosophy that will save you many hours in classes. Humanists believe that everyone should take philosophy seriously. Philosophy courses don't have answers in the back of the book and you can't look into the soul of the boy next to you, he said. You will find that philosophy will shake you to your foundations and make you ask what is right? What is true is that Dr. Goin has Parkinson's disease. If you can, get a friend to read it and argue!