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Essays and Aphorisms - R.J. Hollingdale, Arthur Schopenhauer
Essays and Aphorisms
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One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books... show more
One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, "Parerga and Paralipomena", which he published in 1851. These pieces depict humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation. This innovative - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and art, directly affecting the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner among others.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140442274 (0140442278)
ASIN: 140442278
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
2.0 Essays and Aphorisms
I rate this book two stars because I think "it was OK". I have gladly evolved past the thinking of Arthur Schopenhauer. It puzzles me how a man of serious thought could come up with his ideas regarding women. Seems like common sense may have prevailed no matter the societal norms of his century. I a...
travelin
travelin rated it
5.0 Essays and Aphorisms
I never do manage to read all of the essays in any one collection, and it´s because I keep reading the same ones over and over. Schopenhauer is like a little pocket devil who tells you how it really is "On Women" if your better half thrills you into considering some crazy optimistic leap. Is this th...
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