Arthur Schopenhauer wrote his essays and aphorisms in the financial hub city of Frankford, Germany during the mid-nineteenth century, a world where business owners and financiers ruthlessly competed against one another to amass fortunes, clerks chained to their desks toiled twelve hours a day, uneducated day laborers ground themselves down into faceless, mindless cogs of the urban wheel, … Just read the essay "On Women" from the collection. Not sure if this counts as philosophy, as it really is more Schopenhauer's literary expression of his ideas. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. His personal writings are a bit much to digest, and I believe it even caused me to become depressed for a while. This book is not his magnum opus (which would be The World as Will and Idea) but it is a nice, rather brief, collection of various short essays on topics like ethics, religion, women, aesthetics, and so on. Welcome back. A Penguin classic. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2014. It was a satisfying point of curiosity to discover recently that Samuel Beckett had found something in the works of Voltaire and Schopenhauer as I felt I did when first I came to read them. I rate this book two stars because I think "it was OK". While some may find this type of pondering sort of pointless, since there isn't much we can do about it, those with the inclination to contemplate the nature of existence will find his musings necessary for further explorations into metaphysics. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Nietzsche is a ray of f'n sunshine compared to Schopenhauer. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He saved his Big Thoughts for The World as Will and Representation, and these are condensed versions of his-- often immensely unpalatable-- ideas. I was a little disappointed. On the other hand, he is a big advocate for humane treatment of animals and has a ton of interesting ideas, many of which clearly influenced Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Freud, Borges, and many others. edition (May 30, 1973), Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2017. Do not be worried if you are unfamiliar with Metaphysics, the book has an introduction which really introduces you to the author and the topics discussed. but S. lays down some good nuggets on the denial of the will/desire that dovetails nicely with some Eastern philosophies. On the one hand, he has misogynistic ideas about women and crazy ideas about medicine (no dude, infections are not "curative processes instituted by nature itself to remedy some disorder in the organism"), child rearing (didn't think kids should be exposed to "philosophy, religion and general views of all kinds" until they were 16 years old), and a ton of other subjects. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. It puzzles me how a man of serious thought could come up with his ideas regarding women. But this collection, while it contains observations that might be construed as pessimistic, doesn't advance pessimism as a carefully laid out philosophical standpoint. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. And, thus, after rousing in the morning and before playing the flute, partaking of lunch, and going for his two hour walk with his pet poodle, Schopenhauer sat at his desk, completely dedicating his time to writing. Loved this from cover to cover. Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2015. Please try again. Something went wrong. Only his pessimistic essays are any good. This books almost deserves 5 stars just for the fact that it's written by a German philosopher and yet easy to understand (unlike Hegel, Heidegger, Husserl, etc.)! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2016. The range of topics keeps it from getting tedious and I think it's a great intro to Schophenhauer's philosophy. I laughed out loud. Arthur Schopenhauer wrote his essays and aphorisms in the financial hub city of Frankford, Germany during the mid-nineteenth century, a world where business owners and financiers ruthlessly competed against one another to amass fortunes, clerks chained to their desks toiled twelve hours a day, uneducated day laborers ground themselves down into faceless, mindless cogs of the urban wheel, and upper class ladies strolled the streets with parasols as they chattered incessantly over petty concerns - but, no matter what one's station in life - ruthless financial baron, toiling clerk, chattering lady or manual drudge - the monotonous hum of this bustling society gave few people encouragement or mental space to think independently or reflect philosophically. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2018. Which is why a number of these essays really are valuable, perhaps even essential reading, although quite a few can comfortably be ignored. This is one of the better books that I've read. There's a problem loading this menu right now. If Euclid had been a rampant sexist and misogynist would it have negated Euclidian geometry?
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