If you've ever been curious about philosophy but at the same time intimidated by reading philosophy this is the perfect book for you. The author is somehow able to weave the history of philosophy into a captivating story. You feel like you're reading a mystery - it carries that kind of suspense, but then at the same time you're getting these philosophy lessons written in such an accessible way. It's the perfect mix of fantasy, mystery and learning.
Amazing and excellent, this book will teach, entertain and enlighten all at once. It is mostly a good course in philosophy, but there is also a metaphysical mystery going on that only serves to illustrate and highlight the philosophical points being made. Highly recommended!
Sophie Amundsen is about to turn 15 when she receives a letter from one Alberto Knox, a philosopher who undertakes to educate her in his craft. Sections in which we read the text of Knox's lessons to Sophie about the pre-Socratics, Plato and St. Augustine alternate with those in which we find out about Sophie's life with her well-meaning mother. Soon, though, Sophie begins receiving other, stranger missives addressed to one Hilde Moller Knag from her absent father, Albert. As Alberto Knox's lessons approach this century, he and Sophie come to suspect that they are merely characters in a novel written by Albert for his daughter.
This is a great introduction to the history of western philosophy written as a novel. The philosophy part is easy to read and very useful to someone like me who has never had an introductory course in philosophy. The novel part is very interesting by itself and in someways an exercise that makes you reflect on the philosophy you read about. All in all, one of the best books I have read and a book that I will revisit in the future!
One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? Before she knows it, she is enrolled ina correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre and beyond, with a mysterious phlosopher. But Sophie is receiving a separate batch of equally unusual letters. 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 is far more complicated than she could have imagined....
When I first picked up this book the premise grabbed me enough to push thru what at times was a difficult read. It is like a history of philosophy and a mystery novel in one shot. Can be confusing at times, but worth the read.
This would be of great use to a freshman philosophy student. There's alot to learn and/or it's a great review. After about 2/3 of the way through I had had it. I wanted more story and less lecture!
The first 2/3 were probably worth trying the book.
Good movie; better book (aren't they all?)...a child's view of the world and the philosophers and their beliefs who have shaped our sphere It is a sort of fictional novel that has an accurate philosophical base as support, and it really works. Hats off to Jostein Gaarder.
I really enjoyed this book but would not recommend it to everyone. It is more like an "into to philosophy" class disguised as a novel. If you have any kind of interest or curiosity about the world of philosophy I think you would enjoy the read.
An almost perfectly thorough and delightful introduction to philosophy. I wish I had read this when I was first getting an interest in philosophy. This book somehow manages to be both deep in meaning and light on difficulty. A wonderful guide into the world of philosophy!
A bit dry at times, but if you want to get the gist of the ideas of many philosophers this is a great book to start with. It explains philosophies in a clear concise manner that a high schooler can understand. The story itself is thought provoking and surprising.
Ever wondered about all those philosophers? What would life look like if they were right about the world? Here's your chance to find out - as Sophie learns about philosophy, each perspective is applied to the life she lives. The ending is bizarre and wonderfully ironic. I refer to this book as my "handbook of philosophy". Never again say reading about philosophy is boring.
On Sophie Amundsen's fifteenth birthday, she is thrust into a world full of philosophical lessons with the mysterious philosopher Alberto. In between getting a crash course on the entire history of philosophy, Sophie struggles to figure out why messages for someone named Hilde keep on showing up in her world. Along the way, she makes a startling discovery that could reduce her very existence to merely a figment of someone else's imagination.
SOPHIES WORLD is a captivating story that will enchant readers of all ages. It is half a philosophy lesson, half a brilliantly imagined suspense novel. While the ending left me dissatisfied, I was completely fascinated by the rest of the book and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
It's been awhile since I read this book. I remember enjoying it; it was well written and fairly interesting. The subject didn't really appeal to me personally though. The protagonist, Sophie, is consumed with questioning herself and the world around her. A good read, but a little heavy on the philosophy.