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Parerga and Paralipomena

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This is the only complete English translation of one of the most significant and fascinating works of the great philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860). The Parerga (Volume 1) are six long essays; the Paralipomena (Volume 2) are shorter writings arranged under thirty-one different
subject-headings. These works won widespread attention with their publication in 1851, hel
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Paperback, 664 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1851)
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Mar 10, 2013 Ccqa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Always interesting and often funny, Schopenhauer's musings are worth sitting down for. His practical approach to life, which for him is a collection of instances utterly devoid of meaning - metaphysical or otherwise -, makes one constantly consider and sometimes rethink one's own notions about existence.
The title of the book, which can be loosely translated No Woman Is Any Good or No Woman Can Be Trusted is somewhat misleading. Yes, the German philosopher was a major misogynist and preferred the
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Ilse
Mar 29, 2016 Ilse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Herinnerde me dit boek deze ochtend toen mijn dochter (9 jaar) me bij het ontbijt vroeg wat 'vrouwenhaat' is. Tijdens het lezen van Schopenhauers mening over het huwelijk (= een door vrouwen uitgevonden val) en andere hilarisch-knorrige uitspraken over het wezen van de vrouw betrapte ik mezelf, toen rebels en feministisch scholier, desondanks op luidop gniffelen.

De provocerende titel dekt slechts een heel beperkt deel van de lading (zo'n 20 pagina's).

In feite is het een boeiende verzameling fi
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Derek Lado
May 01, 2014 Derek Lado rated it it was amazing
To paraphrase: We can always look upon another persons suffering, and we can plainly realize that it is worse than ours.
We can find great consolation in this.. Everyone can do this and has various examples.. But, what does this say about existence as a whole..
Human life at first glance essentially is an error. Something that should not be, and should not have been.
Joe Sabet
Nov 13, 2015 Joe Sabet rated it it was amazing
I like reading original works instead of selections, and this book was a pretty good deal considering other options. Most of the sections in the book are just a charm to read. The Latin and Greek is not translated but that's okay, it's not essential. What I love about Arthur is that his writing is so insightful, authoritative, and always concise yet thorough. What a joy it is to have discovered his work
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Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher best known for his work The World as Will and Representation. Schopenhauer attempted to make his career as an academic by correcting and expanding Immanuel Kant's philosophy concerning the way in which we experience the world.

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