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

 
 
Author
Jostein Gaarder.
Publisher Phoenix  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781857992915
Pages/Publication Date 436/2006
Daedalus Item Code 54866
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Looking in her mailbox, a 14-year-old Norwegian schoolgirl named Sophie Andersen finds two surprising pieces of paper, with two questions: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" The writer, it turns out, is an enigmatic philosopher named Alberto Knox, and his teasing questions are just the beginning of an extraordinary course through the history of Western philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to Jean-Paul Sartre. In this book for intelligent and curious young adults, Alberto opens Sophie's enquiring mind to the fundamental questions philosophers have tried to answer—then he and Sophie begin to suspect that they are merely characters in a book about philosophy, and things really get strange.

"From the opening Goethe quotation to the closing discussion of the big bang theory, this is an extraordinary, exciting, provocative book that has been a bestseller in Europe. [Philosophy teacher Jostein] Gaarder presents a didactic history of philosophical thought as part of a fictional mystery story that both pulls readers along and breaks up the 'heavy' explanations into manageable parts. Yet the plot is itself a philosophical conundrum, not resolved until the aftermath of a hilarious, disturbing garden party in celebration of both Midsummer's Eve and the 15th birthday of the protagonist."—School Library Journal

 
 
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