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This review is from: Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (Paperback)Sophie's World is a stunningly useful book. As a thirty-odd year old English male, I'm a fair distance from a fourteen year old Norwegian girl, but I found myself enjoying being Sophie's contemporary in her private philosophy lessons. Although reading prose which has been cleansed of the impure to make it accessible to teenagers was at first odd, I soon found it refreshing. The concepts in the book are not difficult to follow, but neither are they easy. It is as well not to have to battle with impenetrable text.
Sophie is not asked to just sit passively while philosopher after philosopher is wheeled passed her, she is asked to engage with their ideas, break down the concepts into accessible chunks and to relate them to her every-day Norwegian-teenager life. She is encouraged to avoid the mistake of imputing anachronistic opinion on out-dated (but nevertheless earth-changing) envelope pushing, and, in doing so is invited to understand the concept of context.
The book is an allegory for a greater truth, that philosophy is more than just a social science, but an enveloping umbrella for the struggle to understand the meaning of it all. And I mean an allegory. The book, after all, is a story; it comes with its very own existential twist which reveals itself 2/3 of the way through.
Take your seat, take out your notepad, and prepare to be educated.