Sophie’s World Guided Brainstorm Use your own paper to take notes You may need several pages
In what way is the novel a mystery? What elements of mystery are in the novel? • Could we include the mysterious messages, the…? • Jot down more ideas • Share your ideas aloud
What might the author want us to understand about philosophy by writing the novel this way? • Could it be like the magic trick analogy? Could he be making a comparison to help us understand philosophy and philosophers?
A comparison to help us understand philosophy and philosophers? Existence / Life is like a magic trick Existence / Life is like a mystery novel The universe / the world is Who / What creates / controls We / People are Philosophers The universe / the world is Who / What creates / controls We / People are Philosophers
What else does the author try to communicate to us about philosophy, philosophers, philosophical projects, learning philosophy –vs- learning to THINK philosophically? • Jot down some ideas • Share your ideas aloud
So, how does the book, so far, help us to answer our research question: Philosophy - What does it mean (definition, divisions or branches, purpose, value)? • Notice that we have already cover some of this, but what goes where? What else should we include and where? • Jot down more ideas • Share your ideas aloud
Definition • Jot down your ideas • Share your ideas aloud
divisions or branches • Jot down your ideas • Share your ideas aloud
purpose • Jot down your ideas • Share your ideas aloud
value • Jot down your ideas • Share your ideas aloud
“Wisest is she who knows she does not know” (67). • What does this mean? • Which philosopher and philosophical movement does this represent? How? • What does this suggest? • Jot down your ideas • Share your ideas aloud
Discuss the following Quote: • “Mankind is faced with a number of difficult questions that we have to satisfactory answer to. So now, two possibilities present themselves: we can either fool ourselves and the rest of the world by pretending that we know all there is to know, or we can shut our eyes to the central issues once and for all and abandon all progress. In this sense, humanity is divided. People are, generally speaking, either dead certain or totally indifferent. (Both types are crawling deep down in the rabbit’s fur!)” (68).