Arthur Schopenhauer Studies In Pessimism

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Studies In Pessimism

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"Studies in Pessimism, On Human Nature, and Religion: a Dialogue, etc." is a collection of essays by famed German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. In this work you will find three collections of essays which include the following: On The Sufferings Of The World, On The Vanity Of Existence, On Suicide, Immortality: A Dialogue, Psychological Observations, On Education, Of Women, On Noise, A Few Parables, Human Nature, Government, Free-Will And Fatalism, Character, Moral Instinct, Ethical Reflections, Religion: A Dialogue, A Few Words On Pantheism, On Books And Reading, On Physiognomy, Psychological Observations, and The Christian System.

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A disciple of Kant and a significant factor in shaping Nietzsche's thinking, Arthur Schopenhauer worked from the foundation that reality is but an extension of our own will, and that human life is characterized chiefly by misery.

In this essay, translated by THOMAS BAILEY SAUNDERS (1860-1928) and first published in English in the 1890s, Schopenhauer offers his thoughts:

* on "the sufferings of the world," and why evil is positive * on "the vanity of existence," * on suicide * on immortality, and why it is less than desirable * on women, and why "they remain children their whole life long" * and more.

Students of philosophy and of 19th-century intellectualism will find this a fascinating read.

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Arthur Schopenhauer's pessimism comes from his elevating of Will above reason as the mainspring of human thought and behavior. The Will is the ultimate metaphysical animating noumenon and it is futile, illogical and directionless striving. Schopenhauer sees reason as weak and insignificant compared to Will; in one metaphor, Schopenhauer compares the human intellect to a lame man who can see, but who rides on the shoulder of the blind giant of Will. Schopenhauer saw human desires as impossible to satisfy. He pointed to motivators such as hunger, thirst and sexuality as the fundamental features of the Will in action, which are always by nature unsatisfactory.

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