“Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder – Philosophy just like a game

Through Jostein Gaarder’s compelling and straightforward interpretation, readers will no longer feel insecure about philosophy.

Talking about philosophy, many people feel hesitant because this is science is supposed to be abstract and difficult to remember. But Jostein Gaarder proved that philosophy was easily accessible to his famous literary work, which was “Sophie’s World.”

Jostein Gaarder graduated from the University of Oslo with a major in linguistics, theology and history, and taught philosophy in high school for many years. In his writing career, Jostein Gaarder has produced nearly 20 books, all of which are bold, philosophical, and “Sophie’s World” is no exception.
“Sophie’s World” is both a novel and a basic guide to Western philosophy. The book contains information on the history of culture and the history of philosophy through the stories of Sophie and Hilde. But much of the content is the dialogue between the protagonist Sophie and a mysterious man named Alberto Knox.

In it, Jostein Gaarder built the image of Sophie just a little girl who has passed the age of 14. Like many friends of her age, she always carries a lot of questions in her: Where does the world come from? Or at some point, something must have arisen from nothing?

One day, Sophie received a letter from the professor of philosophy. And so on, the letters, videotapes or lectures on the 3,000-year history of “science of science” … from strangers are constantly appearing in her family’s mailbox and the Point convention.

With the philosophical thinking of mankind from the ancient philosophers Socrates, Plato, Democrites … to Hegel, Marx, to the representatives of existential philosophy, ecological philosophy … are equally Reproduced vividly.

In addition, inventions that have a great influence on solving the fundamental problems of philosophy and revolution in human cognition are also included by Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin.

Holding on to the book “Sophie’s World,” surely parents must also dazzle as they browse the catalog: Socrates, Platon, Descartes, Kant, Romanticism, Enlightenment, Big Blast, Medieval … have a general idea whether the child can acquire such a huge amount of knowledge, so dry?

The answer is yes. By each chapter, the author always starts with letters with a series of questions (a question he always sees in each child). When explaining these questions, Gaarder spoke intimately, cleverly so that they could absorb all the knowledge he wanted to convey, helping him discover the sources of his history.

In addition to ideological leads, Gaarder also devotes a lot of pages to interesting information about things, phenomena of millennial origin but still present in the modern world today.

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