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Sophie's World: Are you a philosopher?


Instructions:

It's really quite easy. I have placed all the questions below (actually adding them gradually) for your perusal (you might want to familiarize yourself with dictionary.com). After considering the questions and deciding which one(s) you are going to respond to, you can do one of two things: 1. click on the question below in the discussion widget, or 2. click on the discussion tab at the top of this white page and then chose your question. Do not hit the edit button and answer the questions on this page.

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Subject Author Replies Views Last Message
DQ #1: Socrates ibleedgreen_gold ibleedgreen_gold 26 443 Aug 29, 2010 by Itehua_E Itehua_E
DQ #2: Peer Gynt ibleedgreen_gold ibleedgreen_gold 12 464 Aug 29, 2010 by Itehua_E Itehua_E
DQ #4:Garden of Eden ibleedgreen_gold ibleedgreen_gold 14 218 Aug 29, 2010 by Itehua_E Itehua_E
DQ #5: Philosophers? ibleedgreen_gold ibleedgreen_gold 11 173 Aug 29, 2010 by Itehua_E Itehua_E
DQ #3: Red Tinted Glasses ibleedgreen_gold ibleedgreen_gold 4 128 Aug 28, 2010 by gaspar_A02 gaspar_A02







Discussion
Question #5:

Is Sophie a special and unusual person, or does anyone have the capability to become a good philosopher?





Discussion
Question #4:

The first chapter's title, "Garden of Eden," underscores the concept of beginnings and origins. How did you first respond to the initial two questions, "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Did your answers change by the time you reached the end of the novel?





Discussion
Question #3:

Explain the "red tinted glasses" experiment employed in the Kant chapter. What does Sophie discover about rationalists and empiricists along the way? How do these questions of perspective apply to issues in your own life?





Discussion
Question #2:

In the "Romanticism" chapter, Alberto quotes a character from Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" as saying, "One cannot die in the middle of Act Five." What is your interpretation of this line?





Discussion Question #1:

Socrates, we read, was widely seen as the wisest man in Athens, even though he freely admitted that he “knew nothing about life [or] the world” (p. 69). Is this a paradox? Why or why not? Explain.