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Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics) Paperback – March 20, 2007
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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
Yeah I can't say enough good things about this book. It really changed the way I see philosophy, and the world. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jonathan Maas
I purchased this for a class and I really enjoyed reading it!Published 23 days ago by Annika Madison
It's probably not a bad book - if you read it as a kid. I do not recommend the attempt as an adult. What you get is a pretty decent high-level lecture on the history of western... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jaroslav Tuček
I love this book. It is an interesting, practical way to learn about philosophical theorems through storytelling.Published 1 month ago by sarah anne
This is one of my daughter's favorite books. Has been re-read by her numerous times and sparked valuable philosophical discussions. Highly recommendedPublished 1 month ago by Ed HikerTraveler
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For the fact that you gave me. Read more