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The World as Will and Idea (1819) holds that all nature, including man, is the expression of an insatiable will to life; that the truest understanding of the world comes through art, and the only lasting good through ascetic renunciation. Unique in western philosophy for his affinity with Eastern thought, Schopenhauer influenced philosophers, writers, and composers includi
Published (first published January 1st 1891)
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“The world is my idea:”


And so with these words Schopenhauer begins his magnum opus with one of the most provocative opening lines in all of literature. He continues, “a truth which holds good for every thing that lives and knows,… [Man] knows not a sun, and not an earth, but only an eye that sees a sun, a hand that feels an earth; that the world which surrounds him exists only as idea–that is, only in relation to something else, the one who conceives the idea, which is himself.”

The whole of Sch
Can't say I quite made it all the way through. Yet, his work constitutes a breath of fresh air! After reading all too many postmodern philosophers (Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, Lyotard, etc.) - Schopenhauer makes what seems to be a bold statement - objective facts can be known by digging beneath interpretations, yet most people never do this precisely because it takes an extreme amount of effort. Therefore, the human experience of reality tends to be more ethereal, and appears to be nothing more ...more
Erik Graff
Nov 20, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of German idealism
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
Having completed a thesis about Kant's influence on C.G. Jung in seminary, I wanted to proceed to an exhaustive study of the philsophical underpinnings of the psychiatrist's work. I'd read all of Jung and all of Kant and Nietzsche cited or owned by Jung. The third major influence was Schopenhauer, about whom I knew little except the fact that to Germans of Jung's generation, Schopenhauer was read like Nietzsche is today. The place to start, obviously, was his magnum opus, The World as Will and R ...more
Tom Schulte
From p. 62 of my edition: "every one who does not wish to remain uncultured, and ot be numbered with the ignorant and incompetent multitude, must study speculative philosophy." Well, I know what group I want to be in! This is my second time reading this massive, ambiotious & important work. The author recommends reading it twice, but maybe not tw decadeds between readings. Well, I hoppe to read it one more before I die and maybe that'll be OK. Preferably preceeded by some serious Kant. This ...more
There's plenty about the content of Schopenhauer's work here on Goodreads and elsewhere online - I won't add to it. What I will say is that Schopenhauer was the most honest and sincere of the great thinkers. While other philosophers in the western canon offer ideal worlds, pure reason, knowledge of God, aesthetic affirmation, concrete moral values, and mystical shades of Being, Schopenhauer deals earnestly and sensitively with the causes of wordly suffering, the wellsprings of human motivation, ...more
Pierre E. Loignon
On trouve ici une philosophie qui se tisse en entrecroisant les fil des traditions indienne et occidentale pour nous enjoindre à dire un grand NON à la Volonté qui s’impose à nous. Schopenhauer assume d’ailleurs pleinement, sans pudeur, le fait d’être un réactionnaire radical et il en ressort plusieurs idées générales qui entraînent à la pensée, mais sans que l’émotion réactive dont elles sont issues soit médiatisée par la réflexion.
Aussi le voit-on souvent grogner, déverser sa haine de Hegel, c
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Un testo di filosofia che si legge tutto d’un fiato. Ti fa sentire intelligente (un po’ come i romanzi e i racconti di Th. Mann – che ammirava Schopenhauer e ha inserito la sua opera nei Buddenbrook). Non è poco. Consigliato attorno ai diciotto anni, credo.
Ho letto che la filosofia di Schopenhauer sarebbe come un albergo di lusso, dotato di tutti i comfort e gli svaghi, costruito sull’orlo di un abisso. Che altro si può desiderare?
Arjun Ravichandran
What a crabby old fart. This book is the keystone of his entire thought. At times, old Schopie is so pessimistic that you can't help laughing. Unlike usual philosopher, he writes decently, and the book is quite easy to read. His insight on art and genius seem to me to be spot on.
Amazing, many answers to be found by reading Schopenhauer!
Letto per l'Università.

Prima metà dell'800. La cultura tedesca vive i suoi anni migliori, sotto la spinta del romanticismo e dell'idealismo. Hegel insegna all'Università: le sue sono le lezioni più seguite. Tutti sono convinti che non ci sarà più bisogno di altri filosofi in futuro, perché Hegel ha già detto tutto.
Poi improvvisamente arriva un certo Arthur Schopenhauer che, dal suo piccolo, afferma con tranquillità e leggerezza che Hegel non ha capito assolutamente niente. E scrive un libro (un

This book was the first I read after Critique of Pure reason which made the subject matter easily accessible. I really enjoyed the idealism of the will as that which is the thing in itself and the idea the objectification of it. Schopenhauer does an excellent job coming to these conclusions based on Platonic forms and Kantian metaphysics. The book is worth reading on this account.

I did not read this book for a treatise on metaphysics however, I read it because I am a musician and was thoroughly
Tom Schulte
From p. 62 of my edition: "every one who does not wish to remain uncultured, and ot be numbered with the ignorant and incompetent multitude, must study speculative philosophy." Well, I know what group I want to be in! This is my second time reading this massive, ambiotious & important work. The author recommends reading it twice, but maybe not tw decadeds between readings. Well, I hoppe to read it one more before I die and maybe that'll be OK. Preferably preceeded by some serious Kant. This ...more
Jesper Balslev
Forordet i den danske udgave er virkelig godt. Derfra gik det *virkelig* trægt, og efter 150 sider besluttede jeg mig for at skimme. Alt det sjove om hvor lidelsesfuldt livet er, starter ved kapitel 57...
I started reading "The World as Will and Idea" some two years ago and was quite disheartened, feeling it's content to be above my head, and I gave it up until recently. I picked it up again after reading some Berekely, Hume, Kant etc etc and found that it was a lot more comprehensible now :)

That said, I very much enjoyed Schopenhauer's abridged mental meanderings and reasonings, some parts were informative, some parts I agreed with but ultimately his philosophy is not really for me. His texts ar
This is an absolutely fascinating collection of Schopenhauer's work. His ideas and outlooks on the fundamental existence of human beings is captivating and insightful. His ability to explain the complex system that is the world around us, and man's role in it is one of the most compelling things I have ever read. However, his opinions and statements on Women, and their role in society, though written at a time when it was considered "acceptable" are very hard to read.
my favorite part in schopenhauer is his discussion of music, in which he qualifies leibnitz's aphorism that music is "an unconscious exercise in arithmetic whereby the mind does not know it is counting" with the claim that music is "the unconscious exercise in metaphysics in which the mind does not know it is philosophizing"... i also like it when he draws parallels between indian philosophy and descartes
Dan F.
Da giovani e da vecchi

Letto per intero quando avevo più o meno l'età in cui Schopenhauer lo scrisse: allora lo trovai assolutamente vero! Negli anni ho provato più volte a rileggerlo fermandomi sempre un po' prima: non riesco più a digerirlo...
Le 4 stelle derivano dalla prima lettura, anche se allora ne avrei date 5: ho nostalgia della gioventù perciò mantengo un voto alto.
I enjoyed the first two books profoundly because of the powerful description of the world.
There were many sections I found inspiring even, and there were many insights involved.
The latter two not so much, because
a) I'm too stupid and lazy to understand everything said
b) Still not sure what to think of the ideas therein (eg, negation of will)
Aaron Crofut
Ontology just isn't my thing. A lot of unnecessary verbiage, the bane of many otherwise good or great books. The idea of will being a factor different from physical laws is very important but not unique to Schopenhauer.

I'm content to take existence of myself and other things for granted.
this book is great but his later "essays and aphorisms" is a more concise and direct expression of his thought.
Malini Sridharan
Still good as a grown up. Thoughts on art soooo uptight but I like the philosophical underpinnings if not his choices for what to admire/despise and also the way that it contrasts with his discussion of asceticism while following from the same principles.
Viața mea se împarte în două: prima parte până să citesc „Lumea ca Voință și Reprezentare” și a doua parte după ce am citit „Lumea ca Voință și Reprezentare”.
May 10, 2013 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
Tedi Mason
I like his ideas but think they could be a bit more rosy... Why must pessimism and cynicism rule the world?
One of those books that you become infatuated with in your youth. For better or worse...
The idea of the Will is very interesting. The book was really good and understandable.

One of the wisest souls the West has given to the world.....
Jaume Prat Vallribera
Difícil, pero fructífero...
Cranky ol' bastard.
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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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