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Arthur Schopenhauer (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

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Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788andndash;1860) is usually remembered for his pessimism. His most influential work, The World as Will and Representation, concluded that no human desires can ever be fully satisfied. But as Peter B. Lewis shows in this new critical biography, Schopenhauer in fact advocated waysandmdash;via artistic, moral, and ascetic forms of awarenessandmdash;to overcome the frustration-filled and fundamentally painful human condition. Offering a concise introduction to the life and work of this German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer explores a man who devoted his life to articulating a philosophy that would benefit mankind by providing a solution to the riddle of human existence.
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Lewis situates Schopenhauerandrsquo;s principal doctrines of his philosophy into the context of his life, explaining how major events like his fatherandrsquo;s apparent suicide led to his ideas on the meaning of life and the nature of art, religion, and morality. He also relates Schopenhauerandrsquo;s thoughts to the intellectual and cultural world of early nineteenth-century Germany, where his philosophy was ignored for most of his life. Illustrated with images of Schopenhauer, his family, and his contemporaries, this book will engage anyone interested in music, literature, and the arts, as well as those who ponder the eternal questions of lifeandrsquo;s meaning.

About the Author

Peter B. Lewis is a former senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and the editor of Wittgenstein, Aesthetics and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The Sins of the Father

2. A High Mountain Road

3. Dr Schopenhauer

4. The Great Work

5. The Art of Genius

6. The Mystery of Compassion

7. The Sage of Frankfurt

8. and#8216;Posterity will erect monuments to meand#8217;

References

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780230214
Author:
Lewis, Peter B.
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Biography-Philosophers
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Critical Lives
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 halftones
Pages:
187
Dimensions:
7.88 x 5 in

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