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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutes Spitzenbuch, nicht nur für Jugendliche
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.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good book for those looking for an overview of philosophy.
I found the book to be an interesting look at philosophy. However, it seems to have some major flaws. Most notably, the plot is lacking. While it was intentioned to be primarily an educational reading, it was published as a novel. As such, it is appropriate to address the story aspect of the book. Throughout the book, the story follows loosely the themes...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutes Spitzenbuch, nicht nur für Jugendliche, 29. November 2001
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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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sophie's World � the magical, wise world of philosophy!, 24. Mai 2005
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!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Information, 18. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sophie's world: a novel about the history of philo (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
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)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Part of me is inclined to say that this book is over-rated., 13. Juni 1997
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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.

The ending to "Sophie's World" was outrageous. I think that this, in addition to the faceless characters, is the main drawback of the book. In my opinion, there's a lot of buildup throughout the book that goes to waste. Perhaps I didn't fully comprehend what was going on. Then again, something tells me that even if I did completely understand the ending, it would be inconsequential anyway.

My recommendation? Do not read this book if you are looking for a literary masterpiece. You must read this book from a philosophical point of view. Whether you know much about philosophy or not doesn't matter - it serves well as an introduction to the subject, or simply presents a new way to look at philosophy for the more learnèd. I even recommended it to my religion instructor, a PhD in philosophy. I think that it's worth the time, because it's something unique and different; unlike any book you've ever read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book has forever changed my way of thinking!!!, 20. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sophie's world: a novel about the history of philo (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
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.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sophie in Wonderland or Alice's Adventures in Reality, 25. April 1998
I found Sophie's World to be a charming and fascinating hybrid between a Philosophy 101 text and Alice in Wonderland -- complete with the metaphor of a rabbit! Of course, nitpickers can find faults in any hybrid. The book's breadth may cause it to suffer in depth; even 513 pages are too short for covering the entirety of the Western world's thoughts. However, I found it the perfect refresher for material I studied decades ago, and the index makes it a good reference. I hope to go back and reread the book in a few years for the story part. On my first reading, I guess I expected the puzzle pieces to fit together more neatly than they seemed to (did I miss something?) But I loved the characters and mystery. I loved the old (or Old World) storybook garden atmosphere that gives that young girl the time and mental/emotional space to reflect on mysteries, tangible and intangible. Yes, the story requires a certain willing suspension of disbelief, but I pity the critics who call Sophie naive and who blast Jostein Gaarder for letting her enter into correspondence with the shadowy Alberto Knox. Gaarder's philosophy tour could have been conducted in a different framework, of course. Perhaps, instead of Sophie, Gaarder could have told the story through the eyes of some teen-ager more immersed in contemporary woes -- some kid entertained by drugs, and by groups that scream the praises of mutilation and torture cacaphonously on a stage. Perhaps that kid could be introduced to philosophy by some savvy predator instead of the benign Alberto, and would have to sort out reality from such a reference point. Such a story should probably end with postmodernism (which Gaarder didn't deal with). It could be an interesting, and quite different book, though I think I would still prefer Sophie's World!
-- C. Edwards
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good book for those looking for an overview of philosophy., 25. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sophie's world: a novel about the history of philo (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
I found the book to be an interesting look at philosophy. However, it seems to have some major flaws. Most notably, the plot is lacking. While it was intentioned to be primarily an educational reading, it was published as a novel. As such, it is appropriate to address the story aspect of the book. Throughout the book, the story follows loosely the themes encountered through the lessons on philosophy. The lessons, however, are not at all interwoven with the story. Interspersed, perhaps, would best describe them. Only at the end of the book does Gaarder join the instruction with the story.
Not being significantly acquainted with philosophy itself or the history thereof, I find it difficult to critique the book on the merits of accuracy. However, it is apparent that an in-depth look is lacking in all parts of the "philosophy course." It should also be noted that as his coverage of philosophy neared current times, his depth of focus lessened. While part of this may be attributed to the lack of significant recent philosophy as compared to that of the past, it seems to the reader as if Gaarder is rushing in an attempt to finish the book.
Ultimately, I enjoyed reading this book. While there were clearly flaws, they didn't make reading the book difficult, nor did they detract from its usefulness. It is clearly not a comprehensive guide to philosophy, but makes an excellent introduction, especially for those who might not otherwise take the time to learn. I would recommend that this book to anyone looking for a general overview of philosophy in an easy-to-read form.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen interesante introduccion a la filosofia, 25. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sophie's world: a novel about the history of philo (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
la filosofia, vista por muchas personas como una maraña de ideas extranas y que no son de facil lectura son expuestas en este libro de manera amena y divertida. vemos como cada idea es puesta una sobre la otra, como cada filosofo contradice y sucede al proximo y apoyados en las ideas anteriores hacen sus tesis. aun la filosofia no ha podido contestar las grandes inquietudes humanas, de donde venimos y hacia donde vamos, que somos realmente, porque estamos aqui, tenemos una mision o nuestra vida es solo una sucesion de eventos sin direccion alguna que es el tiempo corremos a traves de el, o es el quien nos atraviesa mientras permanecemos estaticos y a merced de sus garras. somos acaso la invencion de los dioses, un sueno que alguien sono? o un libro que alguien escribe y nosotros simples personajes de historieta a merced de nuestro dios escritor, nuestro dios interprete.
la novela, escrita en esa forma tan didactica que ensena sin ser sentenciosa y sin juzgar, solo exponiendo las ideas de manera clara para que sean entendidas en la medida de lo posible y para que nosotros hagamos nuestros propios juicios y nuestras propias filosofias hacen de este libro una joya para cualquiera que desee comenzar a estudiar literatura sin el estorbo de la exposicion de las ideas y la oscuridad de los conceptos. ya que un adolescente no entenderia la tematica de un schopenhauer o de un paine, pero es mejor que lea una exposicion de sus ideas de manera clara y despues puede leer el original. ojala todas las sofias contaran con maestros asi.
LUIS MENDEZ luismendez@codetel.net.do
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fun to read philosophy book for all ages., 19. März 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Blah, blah, blah. Sound familiar? I bet this is what you usually hear immediately after the word "philosophy" (not to mention "history," "literature," and a slew of other topics related to learning). Have you ever even had a remote urge to read a book on the history of western philosophy? More importantly, do you know any kids who have had such an urge? Picture sitting in the kitchen one day when your son or daughter comes in and says, "Gee, mom, I'd really like to read a book about philosophy. Just for fun." Heck, most kids don't even know what philosophy means. Well, this may be about to change.

Sophie's World is fun and light hearted, sure to be enjoyed by everyone from pre-teens to adults. The genius of the book is the way a brief, yet comprehensive, summary of the history of western philosophy is smoothly integrated into the story. You hardly notice you are learning (in fact, it's probably best not to mention the "L" word to any kids you give the book to).

The book opens with young Sophie receiving a mysterious letter in the mail. Thus, with the help of a friendly stranger, she begins her quest towards self discovery while trying to unravel the mysteries of life.

As an added bonus, American readers will also learn a little about Norwegian culture (for example, in Norway you always answer the phone by saying your name, a habit that will seem strange and amusing to most Americans).

All in all, this book has everything to recommend it. After reading it, you are sure to pass it on to your friends like I did. Definitely a must read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent combination of fiction and philosophy, 21. August 1997
Von Ein Kunde
J Gaarder teaches philosophy to teenagers, and wrote this book to teach philosophy to teenagers or adults who prefer fiction works over to scholarly works, or who do not feel up to reading philosophy texts.
Written in the style of "Alice in the wonderland", the book's story is charming and marvellous. The author cleverly succeeds in teaching as much philosophy as possible by using the the course given by one of the book's character.

Due to the oversimplification, the philosophical ideas are sometimes inaccurate, but I do not think you could do better within the constraints of such a novel. The author is a Christian Lutheran, and is sometimes unbalanced (he does not give much room to Nietzsche and to the more recent Postmodernists).

For a more serious introduction to the history of philosophy, I can recommend the "Looking at philosophy" by D. Palmer. The author is a skeptic/Postmodern, yet his book is not too unbalanced, is serious and fun (many humoristic illustrations).

As for an introductory and systematic treatment of all philosophical ideas, I can greatly recommend "Introduction to philosophy", by Norman Geisler (this is an academic book, but the best of its sort). Geisler is a Christian, but I can recommend all his books, as well as those of these two other Christian prof. of Philosophy: James Moreland and William Craig. Their books are musts for those who want to go further with philosophy, especially if they are looking for a consistent worldview
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