Author: Gaarder Jostein Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy Sophie's World Page 1 of Sophie's World Jostien Gaarder Reviews. A NOVEL ABOUT THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY. Jostein Gaarder. Sophie's World. Sophie's World. An absorbing, original and fascinating book for everyone who wishes to know more about the.
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Plot summary[ edit ] Sophie Amundsen is a year-old girl who lives in Norway. Afterwards, she receives a packet of papers, part of a course in philosophy. Sophie, without the knowledge of her mother, becomes the student of an old philosopher, Alberto Knox. Alberto teaches her about the history of philosophy. In addition to this, Sophie and Alberto receive postcards addressed to a girl named Hilde from a man named Albert Knag.
A woman from Grimm's Fairy Tales gives them food before they prepare to witness Knag's return to Lillesand , Hilde's home. While at the airport, Knag receives notes from Hilde set up at shops and gateways, instructing him on items to download.
He becomes increasingly paranoid as he wonders how Hilde is pulling the trick off. When he arrives back home, Hilde has forgiven him now that he has learned what it is like to have his world interfered with.
Alberto and Sophie listen as Knag tells Hilde about one last aspect of philosophy—the universe itself. He tells her about the Big Bang and how everything is made up of the same material, which exploded outward at the beginning of time. Hilde learns that when she looks at the stars she is actually seeing into the past.
Sophie makes a last effort to communicate with her by hitting her and Knag with a wrench. Knag doesn't feel anything, but Hilde feels as though a gadfly stung her, and can hear Sophie's whispers. Sophie wishes to ride in the rowboat but Alberto reminds her that as they are not real people, they cannot manipulate objects.
Handle with Care written at the back. With those anonymous letters, she then became a student of a year-old philosopher named Alberto Knox. At first, she did not know the identity of the philosopher but was later revealed in the story.
The letters turned out to be coming from him except from the letter addressed for some Hilde Knag which came from an Albert Knag who was a major in a UN peacemaking unit based in Lebanon. Alberto teaches Sophie about the history of Philosophy starting from the era when Philosophy started, the time before Socrates until the time of the French existentialist Jean-Paul Sarte.
While on the journey of mastering and understanding Philosophy, Sophie starts to become a thinker and starts to become the flea that climbs up the fur of the rabbit to see whats up beyond the rabbit furs, as Alberto had described philosophers in his letter. Many philosophical questions were taught to Sophie and she tries to understand all those ideas in her head. She was also taught about philosophy from the Hellenistic age to the rise of Christianity and its connection to the ideas of the Ancient Greeks during the Middle Ages.
Other periods which were covered by the course were the period of Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, and the period of Romanticism and the philosophies that stemmed from them. Due to this Philosophy lessons she is taking, she learned the philosophies of many great and critical thinkers like Socrates, Plato, Thales, Democritus, Aristotle, and many others. Along with the Philosophy lessons that Sophie is taking, Sophie and Alberto try to outsmart Major Knag, who they thought has God-like powers that troubles Alberto.
Back to the main plot, when she is not in her Philosophy lessons, Sophie interacts with her mother and her best friend Joanna who often get confused with all the questions that Sophie asks them.
This is not the focus of the story but simply for the plot to move along. After the introduction to George Berkeley, the story shifts from Sophies Perspective to mysterious Hildes. Sophie and Albertos world was then revealed to be a story of a book written by Major Albert Knag as a present on the 15th birthday of her daughter Hilde Knag.
The novel continues with Hildes story as an edging device for Sophies story but both Hildes and Sophies stories interconnect as Hildes understanding about Philosophy starts to broaden together with Sophies understanding.
As Alberto Knag continues to write the path that Sophie has to take, Alberto tries to help her fight back by teaching her everything he knows about Philosophy.
That, he explains, is the only way for Sophie to understand her world. On the other world, Albertos lessons help Hilde develop an understanding of Sophies world and use the knowledge against her father for exercising too much power over Sophies world. Sophie and Alberto escaped and travelled to Hildes world and found Hilde together with both her mother and father, who at that time just came home from his service at Lebanon. Sophie and Alberto watch the family eat their dinner and after that, they watched Hilde and Albert Knag settled themselves in the glider of their house and talk about the universe.
They also tried to move and control things in the Knags place but failed to do so. Even though it is impossible to completely move anything from the place, Sophie said, A true philosopher would never give up. Hildes book Sophies World ends with Sophie and Alberto disappearing but the true author Gaadner revealed that they had managed to escape from the storyline of the book without the knowledge of the author, Albert Knag, into the world of Hilde but they cannot be seen by their naked eyes though Hilde could feel their presence.
The book was really an eye-opening to me.
At first, I feel bored reading the book because I still dont get the essence of the letters that the anonymous philosopher Alberto Knox is sending to Sophie. But later, I realized that he does not only want Sophie to become curious in everything in the world. He wanted Sophie to philosophize. He wanted Sophie to be a critical thinker in an interesting way.
That was the first thing I liked the most about the story. I was struck by how Alberto described the apathetic people. He described them as microscopic insects existing deep down the rabbit fur doing nothing to discover whats outside those furs.
Unlike the philosophers who try to climb up the fine furs to see the magicians eyes, who was the one controlling the rabbit which is the universe. In his example I classified myself as one of those who chose to stay buried on the fur.
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