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The Philosophical Adventure Of A Mystery Teacher

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Sophie Amundsen realized her ordinary life will never be the same when she begins to receive philosophical lesson from a mystery teacher. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the different life lessons given to Sophie and how the life around us today is completely owed to the early philosophers. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and many other philosophers, although persecuted for their ideas at the time, had ideas that would revolutionize society and they way they learned about the universe. In addition, the philosopher used short stories or anecdotes in order to help Sophie better understand the complex philosophical questions. I will be examining these and providing information on why he chooses to use these anecdotes and how they apply to…show more content…
Although there is nothing wrong with that, some, like the philosopher, chose a different route. When Sophie receives the first note, it simply asked, “Who are you?” Many may have thrown the note away, but Sophie decided to keep it. She pondered the question for a while, and put some real thought into it. She thought about her appearance; her eyes, her hair, and her frequent dissatisfaction with the way she looked. Other than that, she found it hard the answer the question (pg. 5). I think many struggle with this in general. If you are asked to describe yourself with information other than your physical features, you usually draw a blank. Why is that? Is it possible that too much time is spent carrying out the daily duties, such as work, school, and family that we may not spend enough time on self reflection? Going through the motions of life can keep you occupied, not leaving much room worldly epiphanies. “You cannot find out whether there is a God or whether there is life after death in an encyclopedia. Nor does the encyclopedia tell us how we ought to live. However, reading what other people have believed can help us formulate our own view of life,” (Gaardner, 2007).
2. Heraclitus and the Flow (Pages 35-38)
“All things flow,” according to Heraclitus, simply meaning everything in the universe is in constant change. “We cannot step twice into the same river. When I step into the river for the second time, neither I nor
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