Sophie’s World

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I’m currently having a lot of fun reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything as part of my January 2016 science read. And the pleasure that I’m taking in reading this book and having new worlds open to me reminds me of another favourite book I read a few years back – Sophie’s World.

Sophie’s World is both a novel and an introduction to philosophy. Norwegian schoolgirl Sophie Amundsen comes home one day to find two notes addressed to her. One says, “Who are you?” and the other, “Where does the world come from?”

These two intriguing questions sets Sophie on a path of discovery about the world through the eyes of famous philosophers throughout history – and is also the beginning of a mystery concerning the truth of just who is addressing these letters to Sophie. Sophie’s World is a page-turner, an eye opener and a must-read for anyone looking for a basic introduction to the world of philosophy.

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