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Sophies World Looking in her mailbox one afternoon a fourteen- year- old Norwegian schoolgirl named Sophie Amundsen finds a surprising white envelope containing a piece of paper On it are written two questions Who are you and Where did the world come from And at the same time she is also receiving letters for a girl named Hilde Moller Kang and Sophie also finds a silk red scarf in her bedroom not belonging to her but to this girl Hilde The writer is an enigmatic philosopher named Albert Knox and his messenger is his dog Hermes Albert Knoxs two teasing questions are the beginning of an extraordinary journey through philosophy from philosophers such as what I have read so far Thales Anaximenes Parmenides Heraclitus Empedocles Anaxgoras Democritus Socrates Plato and Aristotle Albert Knox whom Sophie has not met in person or even seen for that matter has been inquiring Sophies mind to fundamental questions that philosophers have been asking since the dawn of civilization Sophie is soon enough enrolled in this correspondence course Everyday she gets either a white envelope containing puzzling questions or a brown envelope containing type written papers teaching her about what philosophy is and explaining to her all these philosophers and their theories Sophies first lesson in philosophy was What is philosophy How I understood what was being said was that philosophy is the examination for beliefs and an analysis of the basic concepts said in the expression of such beliefs Philosophy is often used to mean a set of values and attitudes toward life nature and society Next Sophie learned about was Thalas According to Thalas the original principle of all things is water from which everything proceeds and into which everything is again resolved My analysis on that is how can he come to that conclusion Yes all living things contain water within themselves but it seems preposterous for him to say that we evolved
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