Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy Hardcover – January 1, 2010
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I still would recommend this book and here's why. Sophie's World will be an excellent read for anyone with a curiosity about philosophy, but who finds the whole thing a bit intimidating. I think it's a wonderful introduction to philosophy because it is aimed at that 15 year old character. Even if you have studied philosophy, this book will be thought provoking, if only because it makes you think about what you once studied. I think this would be a wonderful book for parents of teenage children to read with their children. It would certainly make for some excellent discussions. The true strength of this book is the material it covers. Philosophy is a fascinating subject and Sophie's World is the perfect choice for anyone who would like to gently ease themselves into that subject.
But "Sophie's World" it's not just a mere philosophy course, it's a novel, a very enjoyable text that mixes the philosophic knowledge with the plot, in a totally entertaining way. The book is recommendable for everybody, but specially for people interested in the subject, of course. It's definitely not just for young people, but a philosophy professor would probably find it a little dull.
I would like to thank the reviewer who warned me not to read the Kirkus review. WARNING AGAIN - DO NOT READ THE KIRKUS REVIEW UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE BOOK! AMAZON, YOU SHOULD REMOVE THIS REVIEW - IT GIVES THE WHOLE GAME AWAY!
The course chronologically covers thirty major periods, schools of thought, and philosophers from the pre-Socratics through Aristotle, Aquinas, and Hegel to the Big Bang. Each is presented in an accessible chapter of a dozen pages, with the philosophy teacher simplifying and clarifying points for Sophie. With the philosophers presented in chronological order, readers can track the trends of thought as each builds on those who came before. "Sophie's World" is not a great novel, but it is an excellent review of philosophy, and a quick 500 pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this in college and wanted to revisit. Still as good as it was for a basic primer that is also interesting reading (i.e. not just a drawn out text, which never works for me)Published 1 day ago by SC23
Very insightful! One of the only books for school that I've actually kept.Published 5 days ago by Brooke Johnson
A more entertaining way to learn about the history of philosophy. Lots of thought-provoking questions. Glad I read it.Published 6 days ago by S. L. Coffey
If you want a fascinating story along with a great lesson in philosophy, this is the book. I first read it in a graduate level Philosophy of Education class.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
That is right this is a novel about the history of philosophy. It was written by Norwegian professor Jostein Gaarder. Gaarder Now writes other novels and has a large following. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Bernie
Often selected by high school English teachers! That said, it's still a great novel that helps youth explore philosophy, probably for the first time in a structured way.Published 29 days ago by skullmann
Engaging introduction to philosophy for teens and adults. It's one we re-read from time to time.Published 1 month ago by Techie Professor