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Sophie's World

A Novel about the History of Philosophy
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Farrar Straus & Giroux
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March, 2007
ISBN:
9780374530716
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$21.00 CAD
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“If you ever wanted a book that summarized the entire history of Western philosophy from Pythagoras to Marx, and in a simple enjoyable form, this is it. The book is written as a novel in which Sophie meets the mysterious character Alberto who leads her into an exploration of the great questions that have intrigued philosophers over the ages. It’s the only book on philosophy that I couldn’t put down.” —Peter Russell, author, From Science to God

Sophie’s World is a page-turner—a whimsical and ingenious mystery novel that also happens to be an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought. It has fired the imaginations of readers all over the world, with more than twenty millions copies in print!

One day fourteen-year-old Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mailbox: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? Before she knows it, she in enrolled in a correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre and beyond, with a mysterious philosopher. 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 sense of the philosophy she is learning. But the truth is far more complicated than she could have imagined.

Sophie’s world is sheer delight. How I wish I’d had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!” —Madeleine L’Engle

Publisher’s Description: 

A page-turning novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophies World has fired the imagination of readers all over the world, with more than twenty million copies in print.

One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must use the philosophy she is learningbut the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.

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