Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher best known for his work 'The World as Will and Representation'. He is credited with influencing later existential philosophy and psychology. Schopenhauer's philosophy is known for its pessimistic view of the human condition and his concept of the will as the driving force of existence. His thoughts on art, morality, and the nature of reality have had a lasting impact on Western philosophy.


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  1. 1. The World as Will and Idea

    This philosophical work posits that the world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will, continually seeking satisfaction. The book is divided into four parts, with the first addressing the world as representation, the second detailing the world as will, the third discussing art and beauty as the only way to transcend the painful human condition, and the fourth discussing ethics and the ascetic ideal. The author argues that the will is the underlying reality of the world, beyond mere appearances, and that it is characterized by ceaseless striving and suffering.

  2. 2. Essays and Aphorisms

    This book is a collection of philosophical essays and aphorisms that delve into an array of topics including morality, religion, and philosophy. The author presents a pessimistic worldview, arguing that suffering is an inherent part of human existence. He discusses the nature of freedom, the importance of individuality, and the role of art and aesthetics in life. The book is known for its accessible style, making complex philosophical ideas understandable for a general audience.