《苏菲的世界》(乔斯坦·贾德)内容介绍：14岁的少女苏菲某天放学回家，发现了神秘的一封信。——你是谁？——世界从哪里来？ 就这样，在一位神秘导师的指导引下，苏菲开始思索从古希腊到康德，从祁克果到佛洛伊德等各位大师所思考的根本问题。与此同时，苏菲不断接到了些极不寻常的来信，世界像迹团一般在她眼底展开。苏菲运用少女天生的悟性与后天知识，企图解开这些迹团然而事实真相远比她所想的怪异、 离奇……《苏菲的世界》，即是智慧的世界，梦的世界。《苏菲的世界》将会唤醒每个人内心深处对生命的赞叹与对人生意义的关怀和好奇。
A page-turning novel as well as an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophie’s World-with more than thirty million copies in print-has fired the imaginations of readers all over the world.
One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, each with a question: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” From this irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through successive letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while also receiving letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle. Sophie must use the philosophy she is learning-but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.
“This long, dense novel, a bestseller in the author’s native Norway, offers a summary history of philosophy embedded in a philosophical mystery disguised as a children’s book-but only sophisticated young adults would be remotely interested. Sophie Amundsen is about to turn 15 when she receives a letter from one Alberto Knox, a philosopher who undertakes to educate her in his craft. Sections in which we read the text of Knox’s lessons to Sophie about the pre-Socratics, Plato and St. Augustine alternate with those in which we find out about Sophie’s life with her well-meaning mother. Soon, though, Sophie begins receiving other, stranger missives addressed to one Hilde Moller Knag from her absent father, Albert. As Alberto Knox’s lessons approach this century, he and Sophie come to suspect that they are merely characters in a novel written by Albert for his daughter. Teacher and pupil hatch a plot to understand and possibly escape from their situation; and from there, matters get only weirder. Norwegian philosophy professor Gaarder’s notion of making a history of philosophy accessible is a good one. Unfortunately, it’s occasionally undermined by the dry language he uses to describe the works of various thinkers and by an idiosyncratic bias that gives one paragraph to Nietzsche but dozens to Sartre, breezing right by Wittgenstein and the most influential philosophy of this century, logical positivism. Many readers, regardless of their age, may be tempted to skip over the lessons, which aren’t well integrated with the more interesting and unusual metafictional story line. Author tour.”