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Arthur Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung is one of the most important philosophical works of the 19th century, the basic statement of one important stream of post-Kantian thought. It is without question Schopenhauer's greatest work, and, conceived and published before the philosopher was 30 and expanded 25 years later, it is the summation of a lifetime of t ...more
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Published June 1st 1966 by Dover Publications (first published 1818)
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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
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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 should 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
Peycho Kanev
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Arguably the greatest mind in the human history!
Abdulla Awachi
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مراجعة كتاب العالم إرادةً و تمثلاً - المجلد الثاني للفيلسوف الألماني آرتور شوبنهاور

في هذا المجلد الثاني الذي يتعرض لفلسفة العالم إرادةً على وجه التحديد بعد انتهائه من طرحه لرؤيته حول العالم تمثلاً.. و ينبغي أن نذكر و نحيل القارىء لمراجعتنا الأولى عن المجلد الأول الذي كان بخصوص العالم تمثلاً ، لأن الفكرتان مترابطتان مع بعضهما البعض و سيبني عليهما الكاتب في نهاية المطاف استنتاجه الأخير.

في العالم إرادة يبدأ شوبنهاور بالتساؤل عن ماهية الإرداة و يحاول سبر أغوار عوالم الطبيعة/ الفيرياء و الكهرباء و ال
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great work!
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Volume I provided a coherent schema of all of Schopenhauer’s philosophy with a consistent system and with no mutually exclusive contradictory thoughts. Volume II amplifies and simplifies the thoughts laid out in the first Volume and can actually be read and understood without first having read Volume I. I’ve noticed Audible has the third volume now available and I will definitely listen to that sometime in the future.

This volume is not as coherent the first volume was. That’s not a criticism. I
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book completes the second edition of Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, published in 1844, by Arthur Schopenhauer. In it, Schopenhauer tries to elucidate and deepen the contents of the original work (published, unaltered, as volume 1). It spans more than 50 chapters and almost 700 pages and is accordinlgy longer and deeper than the original work.

(I read this book as a source of additional information on key topics of volume 1; I skipped the chapters on minor details like madness, a theory
Rob McLean
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My #2 fav book of all time. It's a complex read and it's very long, but Schopenhauer is a brain among brains. A very bleak and depressing look at existence and the originator of the phrase "The world is hell", Schopenhauer can be a tough pill to swallow. But his understanding of religions, eastern mysticism, philosophy and science make him a must read in understanding the things that drive me to do what they do.
Stefan Katz
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Tycho Van Hauwaert
Op aanraden ben ik eerst begonnen aan deel II van de Wereld als Wil en Voorstelling. Het is een lijvig boek (800+ pagina's) en stellen de aanvullingen voor, die hij 25 jaar na het verschijnen van De Wereld als Wil en Voorstelling I (1818) publiceerde. Hij raakt niet aan zijn basisideeën, maar verduidelijkt zijn filosofie en deelt zijn boek in in hoofdstukken (betiteld alles), wat hij niet deed in zijn eerste.

Schopenhauer verwacht dat de lezer bekend is met enkele filosofische ideeën. Het boek is
Alex Lee
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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There is much to admire about Schopenhauer, mostly regarding the range of his thoughts. Schopenhauer may be dated but you see here that he tries to encompass as much of the new empirical sciences as much as possible, to make it subservient, direct from principle causes, as much as possible. This is an impressive amount of calibration as the thickness of this book presents. But this is also hypocritical; far warning from Schopenhauer's hero Kant should have meant something, when one tries to cali ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Spinoza says that if a stone which has been projected through the air, had consciousness, it would believe that it was moving of its own free will. I add this only, that the stone would be right. The impulse given it is for the stone what the motive is for me, and what in the case of the stone appears as cohesion, gravitation, rigidity, is in its inner nature the same as that which I recognise in myself as will, and what the stone also, if knowledge were given to it, would recognise as will.
Sebastian Melmoth
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will read it again as soon as winter settles in on my shoes.
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A strange character but his ramblings are interesting and were historically influential.
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Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Even more awesome!!!
Lee Fitzsimmons
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful mind gone bad...
Alfred Evans
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
doesn't really add much to schopenhaeurs metaphysics or epistemology as found in vol 1. supplements to the third and fourth book are better as they are more of an application of his thought.
Rodrigo Medel
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brillante metafísica continental
Andy Cross
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Tangchia Chen
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Know your world and life with your inner sight of mind
Jeanette Devereux
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read his work about 5 years ago and although heavy immensely interesting.
He is a powerful philosopher.
Ruhat alp
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Schopenhauer felsefesi özet:
Hayatı tespih yapmış üstad!.
Marco Dellorusso
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Volume 2 of Schopenhauer's masterpiece contains supplementary essays pertaining to each of the 4 books of Vol 1. Definitely read Vol 1 beforehand (at least books 3 and 4), as this was written years later, and expands on the philosophy of the first volume.

Schopenhauer writes with a mind-blowing level of depth and insight into the inner nature of existence, the one will-to-live, a blind irrational force which seeks to objectify itself through the phenomenal world... All our suffering is rooted in
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ova veličanstvena i mračna poezija Artura Sopenhauera odiše spokojstvom duha i onom svežinom koju osećamo u nekoj prijatnoj šumi sa visokim drvećem, i naše poverenje u njegove reči je odmah tu, posle prve pročitane stranice, kako kaže sam Niče, koji je po mnogo čemu ostao jedan od njegovih mnogobrojnih sledbenika. Svaki obdareniji duh je osetio da nam on svakog trenutka govori samo pošteno, misaono snažno i u srcu dobrodušno. Ne zelim da ovde utonem u razne nivoe i slojeve njegovih dubokih i nei ...more
Erwin Blonde
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will not go into the details of the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, he is my favorite philosopher and there would not be any study in Philosophy for me without Schopenhauer, that said I would advice to those who start an interest in AS not to read his opus magnus and start somewhere else, wit the parerga and paralipomena or one of his essays. And this: don't belief all the stories about women hating and people hating, read a good biography first, Safranski or a smaller one from the Oxford M ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ahead of his time, but now just relevant for learning history of ideas.
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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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