The World as Will and Presentation, Vol. 1 (The Longman Library of Primary Sources in Philosophy)
Part of the Longman Library of Primary Sources in Philosophy,” this first volume of Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Presentation is framed by a pedagogical structure designed to make this important work of philosophy more accessible and meaningful for readers. A General Introduction includes the work's historical context, a discussion of historical influences, and bio...more
The best parts of this volume, however, are when he co ...more
It has been awhile and I don't remember all of the details. I just remember really liking it, I wonder if it how it would hold up if I read it again.
Leave it to a man with an ego as large as the great outdoors to write a book about The Will being the fundamental object in creation.
In the process of developing his view he began by telling the reader not to bother reading his book if the reader is not prepared to read both volumes twice, along with his doctoral thesis, and the works of Kant and of Plato. That was the minimum reading list. He would also like for the re ...more
The World as Will and Representation is a different beast. A behemoth it took me two weeks to fight my way through, through his (inconsistent but interesting) epistemology, his (nowadays silly-seeming, but still interesting as a historical note) metaphysics, his (ever so romantic, but sadly dated) aesthetics, and his (little bitch) ethics. A challenging philosopher, a necessary bridge to Nietzsche, Heideg ...more
Mi-aş fi dorit să nu aleg pilula albastră a adevărului. Viaţa mea era mai simplă: „cel ce îşi înmulţeşte ştiinţa îşi sporeşte suferinţa” zice Ecleziastul.
Schopenhauer este un maestru al vorbelor: îţi modifică în aşa fel percepţia asupra realităţii(?) (îţi ridică de pe ochi vălul Mayei, al iluziei cum zice el) încât nu mai poţi fi inocent vreo ...more
If you enjoy philosophy or thinking, read this book.
Also, it is possibly the easiest philosophy book to read that I have yet come across. Schop didn;'t use language like a nail and hammer to get his ideas across to you.
Reading Schopenhauer is like listening to the wisest person in history. But that is not surely refreshing. In line with his theory, he does not present rules, ...more
Wow, this is a slog. His writing is dense and unpacking a single paragraph is exhausting. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I get the suspicion there are a few things I should probably be doing instead, like reading Kant, reading physics, reading neuroscience, reading criticism on idealism vs. realism. Most of what he is concerned with in the earliest parts of the first book is the unreliability of senses, the subject/object distinction and time/space/matt ...more
Even though his philosophical insights are important as they form a basis of Existentialism and are heavily influenced bu Buddhism, reading this translation is a heavy slog.
I'll go back to the secondary sources, thank you.
Schop was a contemporary of Kant and somewhat jealous of the philosophical don's popularity. Kant, who was a dry and often dull writer, had a reputation for being a great speaker and his lectures were often packed to standing room only. Schop made an arrogant move by sche ...more