- Series: FSG Classics
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (March 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780374530716
- ISBN-13: 978-0374530716
- ASIN: 0374530718
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 842 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics) Paperback – March 20, 2007
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About the Author
Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. He taught high-school philosophy for several years before publishing a collection of short stories in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, his first two novels, The Solitaire Mystery and Sophie's World, and several others since then. He lives in Oslo with his family.
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This would be a great intro to philosophy for anyone who has ever wondered how we all evolved to NOW
The book has myriads of faults for the fault-finders. The philosophical views are rendered extremely simplistic for them to be understandable by the uninitiated. Its pop-philosohpy suffers from a bigger fault: lack of critical analysis in most cases. Omission of details are often jarring when beyond a point the summaries of various views sound quite similar to many others. Sophie's own story too is relatively weak despite a dramatic twist (literal) in the middle.
All that said, this is a classic of its unique kind. The author's reviews should prove no more difficult and no less wondrous than they are to Sophie. Few readers are likely to end the book with less or same curiosity levels than at the beginning. The book is particularly useful to anyone at an impressionable age - about the best gift one can give to any budding youth.
This is the first book on philosophy, I read, that gently blends western history into philosophy and further blending the streams of Eastern and western philosophies. It gives you a perspective on the why different movements arose and the accompanying religious, political and economic conditions during those time periods. I have read different books on philosophy and I find most books dry and devoid of the soulfulness that should accompany this subject. A lot of books are overly rational and objective in their content and is restricted by the limited understanding of the authors writing the books.
Sophies world in comparison examines both the objective and the subjective and while it doesn't lay out a straight path to follow or cover every philosopher in history, Jostien is bold yet diplomatic in making clear where he stands. Not all books are for everyone but this book is definitely for me.
Several things are left unresolved. For instance, will Alberto and Sophie be able to go back to the real world? Are her mother and friends also part of the "ghost world"? I got the impression at the end that the author was thinking on a sequel. I'd love a sequel on a more detailed treatment of analytical philosophy and logical positivism, including the work of Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russel, Rudolf Carnap , A. J. Ayer and Willard van Orman Quine. He could throw in a little propositional logic for good measure. The story should continue with the same characters of course.
And why stop there? He could have a sequel on the concepts of Math and another on Physics, for example. :-) Just kidding, but I liked the style of the presentation so much, that the idea of the sequels came to me. I might be tempted some day on writing the Math and Physics parts myself, without plagiarizing of course.