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"Sofies Welt", der Roman, in dem die vierzehnjährige Sofie anhand philosophischer Fragen über sich und das Leben nachdenkt, wurde zu Jostein Gaarders schriftstellerischem Durchbruch. Der überwältigende Erfolg des 1994 mit dem Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis ausgezeichneten Buches ermöglichte es dem norwegischen Schriftsteller, der bislang Philosophie an Schulen und in der Erwachsenenbildung unterrichtet hatte, sich ganz dem Schreiben zuzuwenden. Der studierte Philosoph, Theologe und Literaturwissenschaftler Gaarder wurde 1952 in Oslo geboren und lebt heute mit seiner Frau und den beiden Söhnen in seiner Heimatstadt. Seine Bücher wie "Das Schloß der Frösche" oder "Das Orangenmädchen" richten sich ebenso an Kinder wie an Erwachsene und erfrischen mit philosophisch anmutenden Lebensweisheiten.
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.
A simply wonderful, irresistible book DAILY TELEGRAPH A unique popular classic THE TIMES
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Eigentlich ist Sofies Welt kein echtes Kinderbuch, auch wenn es als Jugendbuch deklariert ist. Wer einen Einstieg in die Welt der Philosophie sucht, dem würde ich in der Tat dieses Buch empfehlen. Es schildert in spannender Weise die Geschichte der Philosophie als Krimi. Absolut empfehlenswert, auch in der deutschen Übersetzung.
Young or old, male or female, mad for philosophie or not - the only thing that I can recommend y'all is to read this book! Sophies World is one of the best books I ever read and I wouldn't wanna miss the great experience of Jostein Gaarder carrying me along into his great course of philosophie. Gaarder wraps the complicated and twisted thoughts of all significant philosophers into a nested story bout Sophie and explains every philosophical train of thought in a way that everybody's invited to dive in this matter easily. Alberto - a modern philosopher - gets in touch with teengirl Sophie and gives her an impressive lecture including every philosopher from acient times till these days. Thus Sophie experiences many (philosophical) adventures. Furthermore you can be sure that not only these lectures are full of profound thoughts but that Sophies story itself's a very astonishing, philosophical statement!
As the title "Sophie's World : A Novel About the History of Philosophy" says, this sure is a novel about the history of philosophy. Jostein Gaarder did a reasonable good job in holding the reader's attention through the philosophical lessons using a very novel plot (it is not very difficult for the history of philosophy to be dry.) I developed a very keen interest in philosophy recently but I never had a formal education in philosophy. This book was like a text book in philosophy for me. I think this is a must read for every novice philosopher (might still be a good read for others too)
Sophie is a young girl who recieves instructional letters in philosophy in her mailbox. As the book progresses, she becomes acquainted with her mysterious teacher and Gaarder begins to track the progress of Hilde, a girl about Sophie's age. Somehow, Hilde and Sophie's lives are linked through Sophie's philosophy course.
"Sophie's World" was an exciting read, in a sense - that may be because I was taking an introductory course to philosophy when I read it, and was able to push through pretty fast. There's a clear division in the beginning, between Sophie's life and the text of the letters she's receiving. Here, I admit I was reading the book more for the Sophie part than the philosophy. This changed, however. Truth is, there's not much to the character of Sophie. After awhile, her part of the dialogues between her and the teacher became nothing but mindless prompts. What are her interests? She goes camping, once, and she has one friend, but other than that, she hardly has an identity.
Gaarder follows the history of philosophy chronologically, and does an excellent job of illustrating how it develops over the centuries. Contrary to first approach, I began reading for the philosophical parts of the book rather than for Sophie. Or Hilde. (There's not much to Hilde, either.) Gaarder's characters are shamefully underdeveloped, but he makes up for this with the philosophy, which he presents with pure genius. In the second half of the book, the focus is on individual philosophers, rather than philosophy as a historical/intellectual movement. The chapters devoted to Democritus, Darwin, Kant, Hegel, Sartre, and particularly Søren Kierkegaard, are fascinating.
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy I love this book and recommend it to everyone who sees this!!! Through the first few pages of this awsome novel, I discovered that deep within me, these questions were trying to come out..."Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" I was astonished to see, in plain text, the questions that all my life, I was told were wrong to think. As the pages were read, and words intruiged new ideas in me...I soon was taking place in a debate that has gone on for over 3,000 years! What are we made of? Is there a God? (I had been raised a christian, and was expected to believe without questioning if there was a God.) Is there an animal instinct in us, or do we create ourselves? Jostein Gaarder has reshaped my process of thought and has opened my eyes to what should concern everyone. PLEASE...Read this book with an open mind and don't take any offense to its content. It merely teaches you about the philosophies of great people in our past...some of which philosophies build our world today. A very close friend of mine, Richard Reilly, (If you know him, tell him Mel says HI, and that he should see this. Thanks) suggested this book to me about one year ago...It was the best thing that could have happened to me. I have finally uncovered what I perceive to be My Truth. I no longer have to accept things the way they are, or the way I'm told they're supposed to be...I can formulate for myself and get the answers I need using the knowledge I've gained from this book. I'm very sorry that I can't tell you more... but that would ruin the amazment for you. All I will say is that you won't be disappointed. (If you are disappointed, you are, no offense, very close minded and unenlightened.)