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A Dose of Philosophy: Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

I just finished reading Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder.

This book is sooooo insightful and so amazing it will blow your mind away.

It’s like Philosophy for dummies, gives you the ideas behind each school of thought and explains it quite well.

It’s starts with the Garden of Eden, the natural philosophers, Fate, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and keeps going until it reaches Marx , Darwin, Freud and finally ending with the big bang.

What I loved about the book is that it tells philosophy in novel format, mixing the story of a 14 year old, Sophie, who starts receiving mysterious letters in the mail asking her very hard questions like: What is Philosophy? Who are you? And Where does the world come from?

The sender of these letters is an old man called Alberto Knox. With his letters Alberto and Sophie start exploring the intriguing world of Philosophy.

This Novel is fantasy colliding with reality where you are forced to think about Religion, Science the Universe , God and way more important things than what you usually think about, unless of course, you are a philosopher.

A page turner, didn’t want to put it down. Might be difficult in some spots but definitely an extraordinary book to read.

I rarely read a book twice but I will definitely read this one again because its going on the list of my favorite books of all time. It even might be number one.

Go read it. Especially you Observer, you would really love it.

Currently Reading: Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Next in line: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding how good people turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo.

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10 Responses

  1. I read it. It’s not bad at all.

    But didn’t like the author’s final conclusion, he was supposed to show the progress of human thinking,not to concolude or be biased with one final conclusion.

    I loved the brief part about Marx the most, the author was excited about it 🙂

  2. I read it years ago… 7 or 8! But I still remember bits from it, and I liked it! And the ending is amazing!

  3. I liked it too, cant remember how it ended but i remember hating the end (was there a part about disney? or am i mixing books up?) anyways i can recommend another good ‘Philosophy for dummies’ from Richard Osborne History of phil. in comic form 🙂 i like these kinds of books because i dont think ill ever have time to read kant, hume hobbes or whoever but i would like to know what they thought….

  4. Abed ya zalameh zammer gabel ma t7ot comment, say it’s a spolier alert lol, baseeta as long as you don’t tell me what happened with the Argentina-Brazil game lessa ma shofet-ha

  5. There’s a great book called “I am therefore I think” get it ASAP

  6. By the way, there’s another work by him: Appelsinpiken (The Orange Girl). That one is great and I liked it way more than Sophie’s World.

  7. Thanks for the recommendation :). I actually read it few years ago. Excellent read. I loved it. But I guess that I have to do what you did and read it again, it worths it 🙂

  8. Abed: I loved the part about Darwin the most I think. I love Biology. I also liked the whole big bang thing.

    Jasim1 & 2: Thanks for the recommendation :D. I always appreciate any recommendations.

    CW: Thanks a lot for the book recommendation. I love books that are simplified because as you said, time is tight.

    Hareega: LOL. Man he did not spoil anything. And Brazil won. HAHAHA. Well I really don’t know who won just being obnoxious.

    KJ: :7aki runs to add it to list of books: thanks for the reco.

    Observer: Cool.

  9. It’s under my “favorite” list too. I agree though, there were parts I had to read twice. I was so excited to read what you thought of it 😀

  10. It is one of my favorite books and it is a book that I will most def. read again and again !!

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