The Essential Schopenhauer: Key Selections from The World As Will and Representation and Other Writings

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A new, comprehensive English anthology

What is the meaning of life? How should I live? Is there any purpose to the universe? Generations have turned to the great German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer for answers to such essential questions of existence. His influence has extended not only to later philosophers—Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein among them—but also to musicians, artists, and important novelists such as Tolstoy, Thomas Mann, and...

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Overview

A new, comprehensive English anthology

What is the meaning of life? How should I live? Is there any purpose to the universe? Generations have turned to the great German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer for answers to such essential questions of existence. His influence has extended not only to later philosophers—Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein among them—but also to musicians, artists, and important novelists such as Tolstoy, Thomas Mann, and Proust.

The Essential Schopenhauer, the most comprehensive English anthology now available of this seminal thinker’s writings, will open English readers to Schopenhauer’s profound ideas. Selected by Wolfgang Schirmacher, president of the International Schopenhauer Association, The Essential Schopenhauer is an invaluable and accessibleintroduction to Schopenhauer’s powerful body of work.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061768248
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 378,511
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Living Disaster: Schopenhauer for the Twenty-first Century vii

Schopenhauer Timeline xxiii

1 On the Suffering of the World 1

2 On the Affirmation of the Will-to-Live 17

3 On the Vanity and Suffering of Life 23

4 Freedom of the Will 39

5 Principle of Sufficient Reason of Knowing 53

6 The World as Will 59

7 Knowledge of the Idea 79

8 On the Inner Nature of Art 97

9 Metaphysics of the Beautiful and Aesthetics 103

10 The Artist and the Sublime 133

11 On Education 151

12 On Noise 159

13 On Women 165

14 On Suicide 179

15 On the Basis of Ethics 185

16 Eternal and Temporal Justice 197

17 Compassion 209

18 Mystics, Saints, Ascetics 233

19 Death and Rebirth 259

20 The Fullness of Nothingness 319

Suggested Further Reading 325

Sources 327

Index 331

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  • Anonymous

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    Highly Recommended

    This is a great book that presents Arthur Schopenhauer's contribution to philosophy. Although he was considered to have a pessimistic view on the world, there is truth to his words. As I'm still reading the book I can say I find it insightful and it's relatable to existentialist writings which I appreciate. I recommend this book to anyone who is open minded and loves to learn.

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