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“Essays and Aphorisms” is a collection of philosophical reflections by Arthur Schopenhauer. The selection was compiled not as a summation of or introduction to Schopenhauer's philosophy, but as ...
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“Essays and Aphorisms” is a collection of philosophical reflections by Arthur Schopenhauer. The selection was compiled not as a summation of or introduction to Schopenhauer's philosophy, but as augmentary readings for those who had already embraced it, although it would be comprehensible and of interest to the uninitiated nevertheless. The collection is divided into seven parts.

Studies in Pessimism
The Wisdom of Life
On Human Nature
On Religion
The Art of Controversy
Counsels and Maxims
The Art of Literature
About the Author
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442274
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1973
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 347,162
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity. At age 25, he published his doctoral dissertation, On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, which examined the four separate manifestations of reason in the phenomenal world.
Schopenhauer's most influential work, The World as Will and Representation, claimed that the world is fundamentally what humans recognize in themselves as their will. His analysis of will led him to the conclusion that emotional, physical, and sexual desires can never be fully satisfied. The corollary of this is an ultimately painful human condition. Consequently, he considered that a lifestyle of negating desires, similar to the ascetic teachings of Vedanta, Buddhism and the Church Fathers of early Christianity, was the only way to attain liberation.
Schopenhauer's metaphysical analysis of will, his views on human motivation and desire, and his aphoristic writing style influenced many well-known thinkers, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Otto Rank, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Mann, and Jorge Luis Borges.
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Table of Contents

Essays and Aphorisms - Arthur Schopenhauer Selected and Translated with an Introduction by R. J. Hollingdale

On the Suffering of the World
On the Vanity of Existence
On the Antithesis of Thing in Itself and Appearance
On Affirmation and Denial of the Will to Live
On the Indestructibility of our Essential Being by Death
On Suicide
On Women
On Thinking for Yourself
On Religion: A Dialogue
On Philosophy and the Intellect
On Ethics
On Law and Politics
On Aesthetics
On Psychology
On Religion
On Books and Writing
On Various Subjects
List of Correspondences

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Good Book on the negative side of Shopenhaur

    Not bad. You can reread this book and never get bored of it. I'm a optimistic person, so being pessimistic is hard for me to do or believe. Live is fun, He saids it is not. But beyond all of the other essays he was a great writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    'A book can never be more than a reproduction of the thoughts of its author'

    This book covers a vast amount of subjects with splendid and creative aphorisms that rival only those of Friedrich Nietzsche. A collection consisting of everything from psychology, philosophy, to even writing about books themselves. The essays are insightful and show how Schopenhauer used Eastern thoughts on the Western world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2003

    Interesting (yet true) essays enlightening aspects of Schopenhauer's Pessimism

    As a newcomer to philosophy, I found this collection of essays enlightening and agreeable. While some of his ideas may be regarded as sexist, he is every persuausive and his writing style is magnificient. I had first gained knwoledge of Schopenhauer by way of my History of Psychology class and amazingly I found myself concurring with him! My friend characterizes me as a "cynical, sarcastic A$%#*&^" so I guess if you are a "cynical, sarcastic A$%#*&^" then this collection of essays is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    A Must Read

    This book provided hours of enjoyment on various subjects. People from every carreer and backgound would enjoy this wonderful book.

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