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Sophie's World
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy | Jostein Gaarder
One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.
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RiverKScottWrites
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How is possible that despite tracking apps and calendars, I‘m still am not 💯 positive whenmy period is?? 🤦🏽‍♀️ Meanwhile, I'm weepy over here and over-emoting about this book (which I started reading in high school but never finished)—I‘m adoring the audio. And, if you're wondering, today is also a day for parentheticals and run-ons and for celebrating how really amazing it is that we're all alive.
#philosophy #audiobooks #litsylistens

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janeycanuck
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What the heck happened to all the time I thought I‘d have to read in June?! #JulyTBR is here - the left are the books in-progress and my July #GirlyBookClub read. The right is everything left over from June, including 3 #14books14weeks books, which I‘ve added 4 to in order to get back on track.

Anything here that I won‘t be able to put down once I start? I need a few “quick wins” to start this month off right.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don‘t know what happened to June either! 2mo
LapReader Don‘t go for Sophie‘s World. 2mo
janeycanuck @LapReader I‘m halfway through it already - and loving it! 2mo
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Nute Bad Blood. 2mo
tjwill I usually have trouble putting down Tana French‘s books, especially 2mo
janeycanuck @Nute I‘ve heard that... And I‘m really eager to listen to the podcast so I think it‘s gonna be next weekend‘s read. 2mo
janeycanuck @tjwill Ooh, excellent, thanks. I‘m in the middle of In The Woods right now so it would be the next one I pick up. 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy You've got this! Besides, sleep is overrated and reading is better lol ,😂❤️📚📖 2mo
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Swati
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'People are, generally speaking, either dead certain or totally indifferent.'

Read: Feb '19

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Lauredhel
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@QueenJen this is my rainbow Sophie's Universe

rather_be_reading wow!! 😍😍🌈 6mo
Karisa Oh! I had forgotten this book. I loved it so much--tons of sweetness and truth. I think I should go back and reread it. . . 6mo
Karisa And beautiful blanket! 💗 6mo
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Lauredhel @Karisa true! I only chose it because the Sophie's Universe crochet pattern book isn't in the Litsy database, but it's always nice to be reminded of a good book :) 6mo
Chrissyreadit Did you make it? Stunning! 6mo
Lauredhel @Chrissyreadit yes, thankyou 6mo
Chelleo This is amazing!!! 6mo
QueenJen Omg, that's amazing!! I looked for the book, can't find it anywhere for less than $100. But I'm going to look for the videos. Thank you so much for sharing, I just can't get over how beautiful it is!! 6mo
a.bookish.byrd Amazing! What talent!! 6mo
Lauredhel @QueenJen the whole pattern is free online :) just follow the links from ravelry. 6mo
mreads Wow gorgeous!😀 6mo
JoScho ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 6mo
kathedron Stunning! ❤ 6mo
QueenJen @Lauredhel That's my plan! (You know, when life slows down for a moment! 😉) 6mo
Soubhiville Wow! 6mo
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KateFulfordAuthor
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#inlaws #reviews #others

It is a long time since I read this, and I‘ve never dared go back to it. A philosophical journey that constantly plays with and then subverts the idea of what constitutes reality, I‘ve always been afraid I won‘t think it‘s half as clever now I‘m a lot older. But, then again, perhaps I should revisit it and see how I respond to it at a different point in my life

Macavity I read this as a teenager and I agree, would be fascinating to read again now as an adult! 13mo
KateFulfordAuthor @Macavity Perhaps I will! 13mo
batsy I read it in my late teens and loved it and was also thinking I'd like to revisit it some day. 13mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I don‘t read a lot of nonfiction. When I do, it‘s mostly true crime and writing advice—rarely aimed at a YA audience. I was scrolling through my Goodreads nonfiction shelf, thinking I‘d have to post about something I didn‘t love, when I came across this! It‘s an imaginative and informative intro to philosophy, really suited to any audience. It‘s such a fun story you‘ll hardly notice you‘re learning.

#YAWednesday

TheFunkyBookworm I love tricking kids into learning! 😂 stacking! 14mo
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jdtchicago

The German poet Goethe once said that "he who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth." I don't want you to end up in such a sad state. I will do what I can to acquaint you with your historical roots. It is the only way to become a human being. It is the only way to become more than a naked ape. It is the only way to avoid floating in a vacuum.

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jdtchicago

The Cynics emphasized that true happiness is not found in external advantages such as material luxury, political power, or good health. True happiness lies in not being dependent on such random and fleeting things. And because happiness does not consist in benefits of this kind, it is within everyone's reach. Moreover, having once been attained, it can never be lost.

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jdtchicago

The harder you try to forget something, the more you think about it unconsciously.

CaramelLunacy I read this one in school - looks like it may be time for a re-read 14mo
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jdtchicago

Throughout the entire history of philosophy, philosophers have sought to discover what man is - or what human nature is. Sartre believed that man has no such eternal nature to fall back on. It is therefore useless to search for the meaning of life in general. We are condemned to improvise. We are like actors dragged onto the stage without having learned our lines, with no script and no prompter...We must decide for ourselves how to live.

InLibrisVeritas This one of my absolute favorite books ♥ 14mo
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jdtchicago

Health is the natural condition. When sickness occurs, it is a sign that Nature has gone off course because of a physical or mental imbalance. The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a 'sound mind in a sound body'.

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jdtchicago

A Russian astronaut and a Russian brain surgeon were once discussing religion. The brain surgeon was a Christian but the astronaut was not. The astronaut said, 'I've been out in space many times but I've never seen God or angels.' And the brain surgeon said, 'And I've operated on many clever brains but I've never seen a single thought.

CouronneDhiver Wow! Love this quote. Great point 14mo
Eggs !!!!! 14mo
Suet624 Hahaha. Perfect. 14mo
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jdtchicago

I believe there is something of the divine mystery in everything that exists. We can see it sparkle in a sunflower or a poppy. We sense more of the unfathomable mystery in a butterfly that flutters from a twig--or in a goldfish swimming in a bowl. But we are closest to God in our own soul. Only there can we become one with the greatest mystery of life. In truth, at very rare moments we can experience that we ourselves are that divine mystery.

Joyfulmimi Yes! 14mo
Suet624 All this time I was thinking you were quoting from Sophie‘s Choice. 14mo
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jdtchicago

Wasn‘t it extraordinary to be in the world right now, wandering around in a wonderful adventure!

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jdtchicago

So now you must choose... Are you a child who has not yet become world-weary? Or are you a philosopher who will vow never to become so? To children, the world and everything in it is new, something that gives rise to astonishment. It is not like that for adults...Philosophers and small children thus have an important faculty in common. The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder…

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jdtchicago

A philosopher knows that in reality he knows very little. That is why he constantly strives to achieve true insight. Socrates was one of these rare people. He knew that he knew nothing about life and about the world. And now comes the important part: it troubled him that he knew so little.

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jdtchicago

“Superstitious." What a strange word. If you believed in Christianity or Islam, it was called "faith". But if you believed in astrology or Friday the 13th, it was superstition! Who had the right to call other people's belief superstition?

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jdtchicago

A state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm.

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Life is both sad and solemn. We are led into a wonderful world, we meet one another here, greet each other - and wander together for a brief moment. Then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived.

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Wisest is she who knows she does not know.

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MirrorMask
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1. Yes, my boyfriend.
2. Yes, but I got it back.
3. Nope, I been lucky with that but I've borrowed books that were already in terrible conditions.

#HaveYouEver @SilversReviews

SilversReviews Thanks for playing. 1y
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nikirtehsuxlol
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At some point, something must have come from nothing.

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underground_bks
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I‘m so glad I finally read this. It was recommended to me by a philosophy professor friend of my father‘s when I was eleven, and it was just beyond me at the time. It‘s intimidated me since! As you can probably guess, the literary narrative does suffer a bit from the weight of all that philosophical exposition, but this is an enchanting, surprising, fascinating, and even disturbing read that I think will be staying with me for many years to come.

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MirrorMask
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#AdelesMayMashup #Hello #ReadHarder

I don't know too many people that have heard of Sophie's World, but when I was in high school I was assigned to read this novel and never finished it because I changed schools mid-semester. So, I decided to dust it off and read it this year (#24). It's about a fourteen year old girl named Sophie that learns about the history of philosophy from a mysterious stranger.

Stephen11 I really enjoyed that one! 1y
PickwickPlockPlock I read that as a teenager! The book was a big thing back then. Welcome to Litsy! 1y
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Munazah
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An ultimate companion to history of Philosophy... ❤❤❤

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readordierachel
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A 15-year-old girl begins a correspondence with a middle-aged philosophy professor, and thus is introduced to a host of philosophical history/concepts. I bought this book when I was 19, which was quite a while ago, and have yet to read it...Now that I'm thinking about it, this might be my oldest physical, owned TBR book 😮

I've really enjoyed this photo challenge! Thanks @batsy and @Cinfhen for being such great hosts! 😃

#freeyourmind #fiercefeb

Centique I read this years ago and have it on my shelf still for a reread. Thanks for reminding me! 1y
readordierachel @Centique Happy to help ☺. Did you enjoy it? 1y
Centique @ReadOrDieRachel I think so if I remember rightly! It was a quiet little book that introduced me to a lot of new ideas. 1y
batsy Great choice! I read it when I was in my teens and that inspired me to take my first philosophy class in college 🤓 Hope you enjoy it! I've loved your posts this month, thank you and glad you had fun 😊 1y
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vanslibanan
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Pickpick

This book engaged me into reading as it was my first read on my second year as a Lit major. 5/5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Night_Reader
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Bailedbailed

Gave this one a second shot & sadly I bailed on it again. It is a very poorly executed fictional book - very limited story line & character development. It's basically an introduction to philosophy. If you want to read up on philosophy I'm sure there are plenty of other good books out there on that subject.

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Bailed on this book yonks ago but since I'm bored and waiting for my new books to arrive in the mail, I'm giving this another go. So far, it's OK. I like this quote about the faculty of wonder & how most of us seem to lose that sense of wonder as we get older & we take the world for granted. I myself forget how amazing it is that we are a speck, orbiting in space, in an endless universe.

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FaDii
Pickpick

Excellent way to explore and explain philosophy in this world.

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Lauredhel
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I've chosen to go ahead and make a full Sophie's Universe blanket. Or it chose me. Here's a progress shot. #crochet (this pattern is out in book form, but it's not in the database. Author Dedri Uys.)

Cinfhen Beautiful 💗 2y
LeahBergen Wow! That's lovely. 2y
Blueberry How pretty! ♡ 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Wow! So pretty! 👍🏼 2y
Libby1 I love this. 2y
CatLass007 I think, over the year it was up, I managed to print the entire pattern. Who knew it was going to come out in book form? And yours is beautiful! 2y
Texreader You are so talented! Love it and the colors!! 2y
Sue 😍😍😍 Looks amazing! 2y
EloisaJames Crazy beautiful!! 2y
megt Beautiful! 2y
Suet624 WOW!!! I love this! 2y
Lauredhel @CatLass007 too much paper, I would drown in it! I'm working it from a living Notes document, one Part at a time. That way I can enlarge the photos, delete the rows I've done, follow links to tutorials, and perhaps most importantly, cursor to the spot and turn Dictation on while I'm counting long rows so I don't lose my place. I love technology! 2y
WhatDeeReads That is gorgeous! 2y
minkyb So incredible!!! 2y
moranadatter Wow! 💙 2y
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Lauredhel
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I've started a #crochet Sophie's Universe blanket! Though I may switch to the All the Bases CAL pattern after this is squared off. #craft

julesG 😍 2y
Kaye Very pretty 😀 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👍🏼 2y
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SilversReviews Nice. Very pretty. 2y
Reecaspieces Lovely!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Moonpa Gorgeous! I've been looking at this pattern! 2y
Andrea4 Gorg!!! 2y
Lauredhel @Moonpa it's well written! Mostly pretty easy, a few tricksy bits but the photos and videos help a lot. Go for it 2y
EllieDottie So pretty!!!! 2y
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Yetanothermind
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Finally picked this up after what felt like a storm like past couple of months full of good and the bad but I'll take it!

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Readerann
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Pickpick

Great review of/introduction to philosophy in the form of a novel. I love it when I can learn and be entertained at the same time!

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Buechersuechtling
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Was habe ich das Buch mit 17 geliebt. ?

Inzwischen greife ich allerdings öfter zur Hörspielfassung, weil die Kapitel immer komplizierter werden je weiter die Handlung fortschreitet. Das macht es schwierig, wieder in die Geschichte hineinzufinden, wenn man eine Lesepause eingelegt hat.

Ich finde die Grundidee nach wie vor toll und schätze die Kombination aus spannendem Roman und Philosophie-/Ethik-Unterricht sehr.

Eines meiner Lieblingsbücher.

Sarah83 Ich fand es damals auch sehr toll. Müsste es eigentlich nochmal lesen. Kennst du das hier? Das habe ich damals zeitgleich dazu gelesen und fand es auch richtig gut. 2y
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Wie schön, noch ein "Sofies-Welt"-Junkie. ?Wenn ich's mir genau überlege, kenne ich eigentlich keine|n, die oder der davon (ähnlich) begeistert ist (wie ich). (An der Unterhaltung Beteiligte ausgenommen. ?) – nein, von dem weiten Land der Zeit hatte ich bis dato noch gar nichts gehört (die Litsy-Datenbank gibt ja auch nicht so viel her). Leider hat es keine meiner Leihbüchereien im Bestand. Setze es also gleich auf meine Bücherliste. 2y
Sarah83 Mach das mal. 😉 Ich fand es sehr gut. 😊 Nun ja. Gaarder hat ja auch einen sehr speziellen Schreibstil, da kommt nicht jeder mit klar. 2y
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Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 "Durch einen Spiegel in einem dunklen Wort" und "Vita brevis" haben mir von ihm auch noch sehr gut gefallen. (Wären eigentlich beide mal wieder einen Re-Read Wert. Sagt die Frau, die nur ganz wenige Bücher zweimal [und schon gar nicht noch häufiger ?] liest.) Auch "Der seltene Vogel" hatte schöne Passagen. Aber zum Beispiel mit das "Orangenmädchen" konnte ich gar nichts anfangen. ? liegt vielleicht an (zunehmenden) Alter. 2y
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 "Maya oder das Wunder des Lebens" hab ich sogar abgebrochen. Ich weiß sogar noch ganz genau, an welcher Stelle. Die Dialoge mit dem Geckobwaren mir zu viel, darauf konnte ich mich nicht einlassen. Und auch sonst fand ich das Buch, glaube ich, eher handlungsarm. Es hat mich kaum gepackt und ich dachte trotzdem immer: "Das ist ein Jostein Gaarder, das musst du eigentlich mögen‼️" Erkenntnis meines heutigen Ichs: "Nein, muss ich nicht‼️?" 2y
Sarah83 Letztlich trifft dich eigentlich jedes Buch dann, wenn du es brauchst und wenn es gerade nicht passt, dann kommt es bestimmt nochmal wieder. Wenn es wichtig war und wenn nicht, dann bleibt es in den Tiefen der Bibliothek oder des E-Book-Readers verschollen 😉 2y
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Buechersuechtling
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Früher, in Sofies Alter, habe ich das genauso gesehen.

Mittlerweile finde ich Alltagsroutinen tröstlich und angenehm. ?

Das ist dann wohl der endgültige Beweis, dass ich erwachsen geworden bin. ?

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»[…] Ich sage, du hast dich zu sehr an die Welt gewöhnt. Total bescheuert, mit anderen Worten. […] Du hast es dir unten im Fell eines Kaninchens, das gerade in diesem Augenblick aus dem schwarzen Zylinder des Universums gezogen wird, sehr gemütlich gemacht. Und jetzt wirst du bald die Kartoffeln aufsetzen. Und dann liest du die Zeitung, und nach einem Nickerchen von einer halben Stunde siehst du dir die Fernsehnachrichten an.« (Seite 28)

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Kleerosep
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I love this book! Re-reading this summer! 💕👍 #philosophy #summerread

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#jubilantjuly #awholenewworld

Catching up on photo challenges at the last minute, after a busy day! In this classic intro to philosophy, the main character challenges her ideas about the world she knows. She discovers a whole new world in her own village as a result!

@RealLifeReading

tournevis Fair warning: in my experience, you will either love this book or want to throw it on the wall hard. I was of the latter group. Among my friends, more than half were of the former. 2y
tournevis Also, it was meant as YA when it was written. 2y
kendrastephaniekaryn @tournevis Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy it! I read it for a university seminar and though it has many flaws, I found it to be enjoyable. 2y
BookishJess I loved this book! 2y
tournevis @kendrastephaniekaryn Exactly, it's either or, IMO 2y
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jordanerickson
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Here's the rest of the summer reading stack

Waynegjr Have you not read Goon Squad yet? Can't wait to hear what you think of it. Also, the Pynchon is a summer reading list of its own. 2y
jordanerickson Someone lent me Goon Squad, I wasn't familiar with it at all! And I know my Pynchon pick might last me through October but now is a good a time as any (edited) 2y
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nagointheshadow
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What to read next?🤔😀🌌📖📕📔📗

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RayanAwada
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The myths is the third chapter of Sophie's world and it's my favorite so far ❤️
It talks about what people in Norway believed before Christianity got there and the countless myths about Thor and other gods,But that was until Greek philosophers started questioning and discussing them around 700 B. C. And then science is brought to the spotlight and the reason why people believed or created these myths before there was science is explained.

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A great book to start to know and understand western philosophers.. .. highly recommended 📖