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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ready for some questions?
Sophie Amundsen is is a normal teeenage girl living with her mom in a small town. Her father works with the U.N. peacekeeping forces and is stationed in Lebanon. When Sophie is about to turn 15, she receives a small note in her mailbox. It has only one question in it: "Who are you?"
This event signals Sophie's first contact with Philosophy. And as days go by and her...
Published on May 13 2004 by Jorge F. M

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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring novel
If you are reading this as a novel, it's pretty boring. But I guess as it is trying to present the history of philosophy, from that perspective, it is trying hard to make it as interesting as possible....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ready for some questions?, May 13 2004
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Jorge F. M "Jorge Flores" (Naucalpan Mexico) - See all my reviews
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Sophie Amundsen is is a normal teeenage girl living with her mom in a small town. Her father works with the U.N. peacekeeping forces and is stationed in Lebanon. When Sophie is about to turn 15, she receives a small note in her mailbox. It has only one question in it: "Who are you?"
This event signals Sophie's first contact with Philosophy. And as days go by and her birthday gets closer, all sorts of weird things start happening : a dog starts delivering her envelopes, letters for a certain Hilde Møller start arriving at her mailbox, a greek city appers before her eyes on video tape, and a misterious man is determined to teach her Philosophy. Sophie and her friend Jorunn will be drawn into a great adventure and at the same time she (and you, the reader), will start a grand tour on philosophy, from mankind's first myths up to the XXth. century.
Sophie's world accomplishes two things: it takes complex ideas and explains them in the most simple language possible (try opening a Kant or Hegel book and reading 10 pages without any formal philosopical background, like me), while keeping enough of a mystery in Sophie's journey to keep you turning pages. There's even a "Philosophical plot twist" that will make you think...
This book is not for those who study philosophy. It is for those who think philosophy is complex and out of reach. Highly commendable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful introduction to philosophy with a mysterious twist., April 14 2010
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Sophie Amundsen is a typical teenager in Norway. On the verge of her 15th birthday, Sophie begins a mysterious correspondence with a stranger who offers an unusual introduction to philosophy and the great philosophical thinkers of our time. The mystery engages and challenges Sophie at a time when she is looking at her life and her role in the world.

At the very least, this book presents historical philosophy in a way that makes it easy to understand. Sophie's lessons are delivered in a very unorthodox way and the mystery offers Sophie and the reader the incentive to continue with the lessons. The character of Sophie herself is incidental as it is the reader that becomes Sophie and part of the mystery.

Although not "great literature", I was completely captivated by the book and it is something that, if I had discovered it as a youth, would have changed my world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlight Thyself, April 12 2004
To make a long story short, this book intelligently epitomizes the essences of the hisory of philosophy and stimulates the reader's thoughts of the world and everything it comprises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie's World, Nov. 24 2013
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Everyone should read it , young & old !The book I purchased was in good shape & I received it promptly .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Are You?, Nov. 11 2012
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Like the title of this review, 'Sophie's World' asks many of the questions that have been fundamental to philosophy for thousands of years. In seeking to answer those questions it leads you through a broad overview of the history of philosophy. Starting with the natural philosophers and ending with men whose philosophy still heavily influences present day thought, 'Sophie's World' shows how these questions have been asked and answered by centuries of philosophers who have built on the work of those who came before.

Intermingled with this overview of philosophy is the story of two young girls; Sophie and Hilde. How their stories overlap I will leave for you, the reader, to discover. But be warned: You will probably find the story quite odd and that occasionally the author's opinion on issues such as the UN, environmentalism, etc. come through strongly, but it is not without purpose.

'Sophie's World' is a great introduction to the history of philosophical thought and gives a clear picture of what many of the most significant philosophers are remembered for. It's not perfect, but what is perfection anyway?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Place to Start, March 23 2004
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Pedro Javelly (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) - See all my reviews
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Sophie's World is a complete experience. I must admit I was not a constant reader. Nevertheless I have always been interested in Philosophy, and Gaarder's book is the best way to keep you interested in a great story along with all the knowledge you can acquire. Usually Philosophy History is hard to read and understand if you're not into philosophy itself. But Sophie rides with you into a very easy, understandable course on every important philosopher along human history. I really recomend this excelent work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for bright teens., May 13 2014
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Joel Duff (Toronto, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
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A great book for growing minds. The author creates a fascinating world of philosophy and animates the imagination with an intriguing plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book ever, Nov. 14 2013
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one of the best books I ve ever read.

it reveals most difficult ideas with plain languages. ez to understand.

philosophy is for everybody
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4.0 out of 5 stars A few paragraphs at a time, Aug. 2 2013
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Enjoyable but needs to be read slowly...so much history and philosophy is packed into it...and the underlying mystery unfolds gradually anyway...It is worth the effort..and fun at the same time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel into the age and the mind of humanity, Sept. 11 2012
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This book was so informative in an amazing way. I have learned so much about what influence the world in a historical and family investigation.
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