Final Sophie s world

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Sophie’s World Questions and Answers
1. In the same manner Sophie was bewildered by these questions, I too searched deep,
to fund out who am I and where did the world come from. Without much details, I knew am a
human being able to taste and feel. Also, I knew that the world originated from a large explosion
of mass which went ahead to form dust or earth.
2. The philosophy teacher believes in life after death. According to him, Sophie will sometime in
future meet her other person after death,
3 A philosophical project is the way people have thought about philosophy, from the ancient
Greeks right up to our own day. Philosophy teacher asserts “no one philosopher concerns himself with the
whole of philosophy because philosophers lived in different eras, and practiced different cultures.
4. Four basic elements identified by Empedocles and other natural philosophers of early Greece are
earth, air, fire, and water. The Thales and the Anaximenes, as well as the Greeks, considered these
elements as essential. So the “earth” in my eye perceives what is of the earth in my surroundings, the
“air” perceives what is off the air, the “fire” perceives what is of fire, and the “water” what is of water
5. Sophie’s correspondent calls the Lego block “the most ingenious toy in the world” because it is
easy to assemble. Even though they are all different, they all fit together. They are also unbreakable. Also,
I would say people quit playing when they grew old because they never get a reached a conclusive
6. The two little holes represent the two religions which are Christianity and Islam. This is the case
as the two religions had been overridden by superstitions.
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7. To be skeptical, cynical or stoic of something is to have doubts as to its authenticity. The ancient
Greek Philosophers believed every individual must find his own answer to every question
8. Socrates admission that he knew nothing about life despite holding interesting views is according
to me, not a paradox because as we are informed knowing what you don’t know is also a kind of
9. As Sophie watched the videotape in secret, what was your understanding of how Alberto Knox
was able to bring ancient Athens back to life? What distinctions are made in the novel between reality and
the surreal? How do such distinctions play out in your own life? (73)?
10. In the Myth of the cave, Plato holds the idea that the world made up of material things, such as
the physical form and immaterial things, such as the mind, but that does not necessarily depend on each
other to exist. In this allegory, Plato is saying the prisoners at the bottom of the cave represent the
obliviousness of humans to what Plato believes constitutes true knowledge. What they judge to be reality
is only a shadow depicted on the wall of the cave
11. Plato describes human body is made up of cells. Every cell of the human body carries a blueprint
of the way all the other cells are constructed. So there is “something of everything” in every single cell
which represents the organs of government.
12. Socrates implied that because a slave had the same common sense as a nobleman, women
had the same common sense as men. Women of the past were subjugated both as females and as
thinking beings, which is sad because a great deal of very important experience was lost as a result
13. The golden mean” is the exercising balance and temperance to achieve a happy or “harmonious”
life. Aristotle believes that humans need to observe a healthy diet to reduce chances of getting sick.
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14. Aquinas was among those who tried to make Aristotle’s philosophy compatible with
Christianity. We say that he created the great synthesis between faith and knowledge. He did this
by entering the philosophy of Aristotle and taking him at his word. In essence, Aquinas and
Aristotle wanted to prove that there is only one truth and that everything around us must have a
‘formal cause.’
15. Hildegard lived as a nun in the Rhine Valley from 1098 to 1179. In spite of being a woman, she
worked as a preacher, author, physician, botanist, and naturalist. Albert the Great was Aquinas famous
philosophy teacher and Sophia is the today’s human being.
16. According to Alberto, the process that finally brought the people to the moon is the advancement
in technology. The relationship between philosophy, religion, economics, and science? How much of
contemporary life is the result of Renaissance ideals?
17. When Alberto says “Of all the scientific discoveries in the history of mankind, this is positively
the most important” he was referring to the philosophy of humanism. It is paramount because it explains
why we are inclined to act as we do. Renaissance leads as to a new religiosity because individual’s
personal relationship with God was now more important than his relationship to the church as an
18. The Baroque period [give] birth to the modern theater to show that ‘pride comes before a fall,’
and present a merciless portrait of human frailty.”
19. Alberto calls Descartes because he was able to assemble contemporary thought into one coherent
philosophical system. Descartes was concerned with finding explanations for all the central questions of
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20 The advantage of viewing things as Spinoza puts it is that only then will we achieve true
happiness and contentment. This provides that everything is related to one another and we all belong to
One God.
21. When Alberto tells Sophie about “the only thing a real philosopher must never do, he meant
jumping to conclusions. Unlike Sophie who showed signs of being impatient, as a reader, I took time to
think about something before acting.
22. Hume proposed the return to our spontaneous experience of the world. Hume begins by
establishing that man has two different types of perceptions, namely impressions and ideas. By
‘impressions’ he means the immediate sensation of external reality. By ‘ideas’ he means the recollection
of such impressions.”
23. Berkeley and Bjerkely, Sophie and Hilde, Alberto Knox and Albert Knag are the same people
who lived in different time eras.
24. The ideas that French has in common include, Opposition to authority, Rationalism, The
enlightenment movement, and Cultural optimism, the return to nature, Natural religion and Human rights.
The ideals and principles of the UN are governed by the French Enlightenment ideals of “Liberty,
Equality, and Fraternity.
25. Sophie discovers that from Socrates to Plato, Augustine to Descartes were all rationalists because
they believed that the also path to knowledge was reason.
26. The quote “one cannot die in the middle of Act Five’ means he is a fictional character. Other
Poets and other philosophers believe that man is made up of spirit and soul surrounded by unrelenting
27. Freud demonstrated that there is an artist in everyone by use of dreams and sign language. Freud
often had to work his way through a dense language of symbolsrather in the way we interpret a picture
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or a literary text. In my view, dreams show the innate need to give artistic expression to his or her
existential situation.
28. It was a theater to show a contrast compared to modern theater. Its aim was to show the lack of
meaning in life in order for the audience to disagree. They were trying to portray life as it really is. It was
to make the audience laugh as a defense mechanism because it would, in fact, portray everyone in the
audience. It was very different to Shakespeare because they were always in highly unrealistic situations
29. As we find out in the “Big Bangthe only way we can look out into space, is to look back in
time. We can never know what the universe is like now. We only know what it was like then.
30. I feel they do possess greater wisdom because in many ways children can think more creatively
and more logically. Only because they are thinking the way they are supposed to think. They think with
many more questions than adults do.
31. Before Sophie’s world, I was aware of the fact that Socrates, Aristotle and Plato represent fathers
of philosophy. I was aware that human being had divergent cultures, reason for different school of
thought on issues of philosophy.
32. A philosophical project to me is a change in character because of the answers you ask or come
across. Language helps with a person who seeks philosophy because it not only helps open areas in your
brain but you can possibly other cultures perspective a lot clearer. Philosophy can be learned. Just being
in this class has helped me learn so much about philosophy and how to approach questions I have or
arguments I make. It is great to ask questions
33. I feel that the quote means that you are not living life to the fullest if you are living from “hand to
mouth”. It means that you are not living a more fulfilled life with your true creative mind. Since Gaarder
does write from a child’s perspective. It only makes sense to me that he writes in that perspective because
children are more creative when it comes to thinking that when compared to adults. The latter stems from
the premise that their minds are not corrupt
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Works Cited
Meehan, Bridget Mary. Delighting in the Feminine Divine. London: Rowman & Littlefield,
1994. Print
Rue, Nancy N. Sophie's World. London: Zonderkidz, 2009. Print

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