Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder Essay

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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder


Sophie's World is about the life of a 14 year-old girl called Sophie Amundsen. It takes
you on a journey though 3000 years of Western philosophy, presenting important and in most
cases annoying questions.


This is the explanation of philosophy and philosophers given in the book:
"A white rabbit is pulled out of a top hat. Because it is an extremely large rabbit, the
trick takes many billions of years. All mortals are born at the very tip of the rabbit's
fine hairs, where they are in a position to wonder at the impossibility of the trick. But
as they grow older they work themselves ever deeper into the fur. And there they stay.
They become so comfortable they never risk crawling up the fragile hairs again. Only
philosophers embark on this perilous expedition to the outermost reaches of language and
existence. Some of them fall off, but others cling on desperately and yell at the people
nestling deep in the snug softness, stuffing themselves with delicious food and drink.

'Ladies and gentlemen,' they yell, 'we are floating in space!' But none of the people down there care.
'What a bunch of troublemakers!' they say. And keep on chatting: Would you pass the butter
please? How much have our stocks risen today? What is the price of tomatoes?"


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