I remember I was waiting for a potential girlfriend to meet me at a university library, only to see Schopenhauer left on a dirty cushion, like a dirty magazine. I could see that perhaps some might view him as witty but a sharp tongue does nothing to detract from the misfortunes of his character. 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. Something went wrong. See 1 question about Essays and Aphorisms…, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, Schopenhauer: Parerga and Paralipomena: Volume 2: Short Philosophical Essays, Michiko Kakutani's Gift Guide Book Recommendations. In "Essays and Aphorisms" Schopenhauer expostulates on a variety of different subjects ranging from his controversial viewpoint. One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. I would not recommend his works for young men, it is for mature men. but S. lays down some good nuggets on the denial of the will/desire that dovetails nicely with some Eastern philosophies. I was a little disappointed. Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2016. i feel like it could be translated much better. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Penguin Classics; Revised ed. I rate this book two stars because I think "it was OK". In "Essays and Aphorisms" Schopenhauer expostulates on a variety of different subjects ranging from his controversial viewpoint of women (one of my favorites, the essay "On Woman" is so politically incorrect it is bound to make even the most mildly feminist woman howl), religion, his disgust with scientific practices such as vivisection and cruel experimentation on harmless, defenseless animals (a sentiment I strongly share) to instructions on the proper way to read and write books. How did you feel about the rampant sexism and misogyny shown by Schopenhauer? Anyone that takes Schoperhanuer seriously, is going to expect a rotten world, prolong a rotten world, and thus fortify the self fulfilling prophecy that nothing good has happened, will happen, and can happen. This is a beautiful edition, small enough to travel with, substantial enough to justify the price. Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2015. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. A Penguin classic. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. But seroiusly, Schopenhauer was a complex man to say the least and this book reflects that. He would annoy me as a person though at least the conversations would never be boring. He can be classified as an equal to Seneca - perhaps the darker side of Seneca, but Seneca nonetheless. His personal writings are a bit much to digest, and I believe it even caused me to become depressed for a while. A really bad book. Please try your request again later. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. 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, … 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. I think as a modern woman his views of our sex are difficult to hear. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. For those of you who do not wish to engage in the undertaking that is his magnum opus "The World as Will and Representation, this collection is what I suggest for you. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's … You learn quite a bit more about his psyche and personality here, and I think it sets up nicely for reading his more extended philosophy. " If you have no background in philosophy (like me) you'll be fine. Which is why a number of these essays really are valuable, perhaps even essential reading, although quite a few can comfortably be ignored. Schopenhauer has some unflattering things to say about beards. Pessimistic to the last letter. 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. Schopenhauer's clarity cannot be discounted. I'm sorry I didn't read this two years ago, when I thought pessimism was something reserved for those exiled from the general population's way of thinking. If Euclid had been a rampant sexist and misogynist would it have negated Euclidian geometry? There was a problem loading your book clubs. This is one of the better books that I've read. There's a problem loading this menu right now. This is a bad book. Just read the essay "On Women" from the collection. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Just when you think Schopenhauer has forsaken anyone who is not he or his few idols, he arrives with a paragraph in passionate defense of animals, or a diatribe against slavery that betrays his deep identification with those who have been most crushed and ground into the earth. The important thinking is presented early in this collection -- this is where Schopenhauer astonishes by practically condensing Vajrayana Buddhism into three chapters, describing our basic situation (suffering and indestructibilty) with utter clarity and cheerfulness. It is sad to imagine lecturing to empty rooms, but sadder yet to know people never read/heard his thoughts. He is dark, to be sure, but also very spot on with regards to human nature. at times it can even take on a "campy" tone, if that makes sense. Great writer above all else. Bordom actually being one of the great "evils" that many outcomes may make for him. But no hustle and bustle for Arthur. But seroiusly, Schopenhauer was a complex man to say the least and this book reflects that. Unable to add item to List. Refresh and try again. 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2018. Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic of The New York Times, is the author of the newly... One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence.

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