The Wisdom of Life

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A profound advocate for willpower and rational deliberation, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) believed that complete happiness and satisfaction are unobtainable. This essay from his final work, Parerga und Paralipomena (1851), examines how to discover the highest possible degree of pleasure and success, and suggests guidelines for experiencing life to its fullest. Lucid and compelling, Schopenhauer's work offers a powerfully original point of view on a subject of perennial ...
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Overview


A profound advocate for willpower and rational deliberation, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) believed that complete happiness and satisfaction are unobtainable. This essay from his final work, Parerga und Paralipomena (1851), examines how to discover the highest possible degree of pleasure and success, and suggests guidelines for experiencing life to its fullest. Lucid and compelling, Schopenhauer's work offers a powerfully original point of view on a subject of perennial interest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486435503
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Series: Dover Value Editions Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 807,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I. Division of the Subject 3
II. Personality, or What a Man is 9
III. Property, or What a Man Has 28
IV. Position, or a Man's Place in the Estimation of Others
1. Reputation 34
2. Pride 39
3. Rank 41
4. Honour 42
5. Fame 66
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Introduction

A leading German metaphysician of the nineteenth century, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) exerted an influence far beyond the hermetic world of philosophy, with adherents ranging from Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche to Leo Tolstoy and Thomas Mann. Among Schopenhauer's chief contributions to the field of philosophy are his rejection of the idealism of his contemporaries and his embrace of a practical variety of materialism. He jettisons the traditional philosophic jargon for a brisk, compelling style that employs direct terms to express the metaphysics of the will. In The Wisdom of Life, an essay from Schopenhauer's final work, Parerga und Paralipomena (1851), the philosopher favors individual strength of will and independent, reasoned deliberation over the tendency to act on irrational impulses. He examines the ways in which life can be arranged to derive the highest degree of pleasure and success, presents guidelines to achieving this full and rich manner of living, and advises that even a life well lived must always aspire to grander heights. Abounding in subjects of enduring relevance, Schopenhauer's highly readable work appears here in an excellent translation.
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