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Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy [Paperback]

By Jostein Gaarder (Author)
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Pages   544
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 4.3" Height: 1.6"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 1996
Publisher   Berkley
ISBN  0425152251  
EAN  9780425152256  

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This elegant CD-ROM will take you on an interactive journey through the history of Western philosophy, from its beginnings in ancient astronomy and myth up to twentieth-century existentialism. The philosophical adventure is built around a series of exchanges between a naturally curious young girl and her anonymous teacher, in which the user must participate. The pedagogical value of this interaction is complimented by the CD-ROM's Reference Band, a philosophical map providing eight film summaries of particular historical epochs and 28 text summaries of the work of major philosophers. The CD-ROM is available on its own, or can be combined with the #1 international bestselling novel, Sophie's World, by Jostein Gaarder--an excellent and affordable combination for introductory classes.

Wanting to understand the most fundamental questions of the universe isn't the province of ivory-tower intellectuals alone, as this book's enormous popularity has demonstrated. A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a discussion of philosophy with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by using everything she's learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

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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.

Jostein Gaarder currently resides in Oslo. Jostein Gaarder was born in 1952.

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A delightful intriguing intro to history of philosophy  May 7, 2008
This is my first philosophy book. I'm no 14- or 15-year-old, but I was so delighted and intrigued by the way an abstract subject is explained with such concrete examples, occasional good humor as well as the story within story technique used to illustrate some of the contemporary philosophical ideas towards the second half of the book. As a result, I've gone on to purchase my second philosophy book. And looking forward to learning more through more books and discussion with others.

I would certainly recommend this to anyone (young or old, male or female) who's new to philosophy and wants to learn it in a relatively painless way. By the way, the story (or history) is long, over 500 pages. And the book makes no pretense (in any way) to be literature. The subtitle says it all: A Novel About the History of Philosophy.
entertaining, and educational  Apr 10, 2008
If you want an easy way to learn about philosophy this is the book to ready! It is also a bit of a mystery which makes it more fun.
Worth it.  Mar 31, 2008
Take the plunge. This really is a great introduction to philosophy--If that is what you want to read this book for, then as of yet I have not found a better book. The plot can be gimmicky, but you won't care if you'll realize it is just a little flavor to move the book along while tackling certain philosophical questions outside of history and instead inside the actual novel. There are over 500 reviews written on this book. It currently has a four star review and the only real criticism I see is that people say that it is not 'real literature.' Well I just find that elitist humbug of people who are too proud to admit that this is a wonderful introduction to philosophy.
Fun, Fascinating, possibly even Educational (but who cares)   Feb 28, 2008
I forget where I found this book - not, I think, on this site. I took it on vacation, thinking a novel about philosophy should at least help me sleep at night. Not only did I race through it eagerly, but my better half, who has not been seen reading a book for pleasure in the 8 years we've been together, also picked it up and couldn't put it down. We've just ordered six more copies to give to friends. This time from this site - a much better deal.
This book is informative and entertaining. Great combination!  Feb 2, 2008
Mr. Gaarder, the author of Sophie's World, really had a great idea to put together this work. It shows style, wisdom, and sophistication, yet the story is pieced together in a very entertaining fashion.

I have already purchased other copies of this book to give to friends, co-workers, and family members. Even if you don't agree with everything proposed by each of the philosophers covered in the book, you still come away with an appreciation and understanding of why they made a mark in history. Even my seven year old son wanted to hear more after I read him a bit of the book. He was upset to learn that I had read ahead when we went to bed the following night.

Jim Conis

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