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The World as Will and Representation, Vol 2

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Volume2 of the definitive English translation of one of the most important philosophical works of the 19th century, the basic statement in one important stream of post-Kantian thought. Corrects nearly 1,000 errors and omissions in the older Haldane-Kemp translation. For the first time, this edition translates and locates all quotes and provides full index....more
Paperback, 694 pages
Published June 1st 1966 by Dover Publications (first published 1844)
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Bogdan Liviu
“Principala sursă a celor mai grave rele care îl afectează pe om este omul însuşi.”
Peter Mcloughlin
This book is an elaboration and more detailed exposition of Volume one. The book was written years later when Schopenhauer was older and a little mellower. I got the feeling the dark gloomy corners were a bit lighter here still fairly gloomy nonetheless. I really like his further explaination of the Noumena in this book. The reality of things in themselves are utterly alien and weird to our representations of them in consciousness. All our representations of reality (phenomenon) including time a...more
Jonathan Mitchell
Naturally, you should read the whole enchilada at least once...but if you want to skip over the long-winded metaphysical gobbledygook (which I've never been particularly fond of), volume two of "The World as Will and Representation" is where you'll find the real nuggets of Schopenhauer's wisdom. Terribly bleak stuff, yes, but also terribly fascinating (and accurate). The man pulled no punches when writing about the misery and moral failings of humankind, and that's why his work is still being ho...more
Seven hundred pages of intimidatingly dense and brilliant metaphysics from the dour prince of philosophy. Written twenty-six years after the first volume, Schopenhauer expands on key themes of his metaphysical system, notably his ontology, epistemology and reflections on death and religion. The centerpiece of Schopenhauer's thought is his concept of the will, a blind and irrational urge underlying all material reality, realizing itself as phenomena engaged in an unceasing and violent struggle fo...more
Peycho Kanev
Arguably the greatest mind in the human history!
It has been a long time since I read Schopenhauer, but I remember I used to laugh at some of his aphorisms. His comments about women notwithstanding, The World as Will and Idea (sic) is a truly important book in the history of modern thought. Modern philosophy shoud take it more seriously simply because of all the problems it raises.

I read this, I think, the summer after I had completed a graduate course in Hegel's Phenomenology. Schopenhauer was not much studied and there wasn't a course which...more
Stefan Katz
German Idealism at its most profound.

That Schopenhauer rejected worldly activity in his idea of the Will shows us how much modern society had impacted on this generation of thinkers, to the extent they tried desperately to avoid its influence.

An excellent work for anyone wanting to see how the old and new worlds collided in the 19th century.
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A strange character but his ramblings are interesting and were historically influential.
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A beautiful mind gone bad...
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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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