Jen’s Summer Reading Book Tip

Spend this summer opening your mind to the questions man has been asking since the beginning of time. Sophie’s World is a brilliant introduction to philosophy and a great story.

Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian writer, who is best known for Sophie’s World, which has been translated into 60 languages. The story is about 14 year old Sophie. One day she comes home from school and finds strange letters addressed to her in the postbox. They contain questions, which jolt her out of her everyday life, making her question the world.

Sophie then receives another letter and this time it is a course in philosophy. In the letter it introduces what philosophy is all about. It uses the metaphor that there are people who watch a magician pull a white rabbit from a hat and never ask how it was done. Then there are those who want to know how this mysterious trick happened. This is philosophy, asking how the mysteries in life have come about. In the letter, it also goes on to say that the white rabbit being pulled out of the magician’s hat is the world and we are asleep snuggled in its fur. Only philosophers will climb the strands of the fur to look out and see what is out there.

Are you snuggled in the fur? This week we will climb out and ask some philosophical questions. Come to the library and you find five envelopes with questions inside for you to consider.

‘…the only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wander…’

Want to read Sophie’s World? The library has four copies available for loan, one in Swedish and three in English.


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