Essays and Aphorisms [Of] Arthur Schopenhauer; Selected and Translated [From the German] With an Introduction by R. J. Hollingdale - The Penguin Classics

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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. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, Parerga and Paralipomena, which he published in 1851. These pieces depict humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation. This innovative - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and art, directly affecting the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner among others.

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ISBN: 9780140442274
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 193
DEWEY edition: 18
Language: English
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 194g
Height: 266mm
Width: 266mm
Spine width: 14mm