The World as Will and Idea by Arthur Schopenhauer

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.

The 1080th greatest book of all time


Published
1818
Nationality
German
Type
Nonfiction
Pages
500-700
Words
181,000
Original Language
German

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