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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146109514X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461095149
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,056,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 21 September 1860) was an atheistic German philosopher known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity. At age 25, he published his doctoral dissertation, On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, which examined the four separate manifestations of reason in the phenomenal world.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Clark on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Arthur Schopenhauer is the only philosopher who seems to me to take Art, in all it's forms, seriously, as a form of knowledge; he also seems to understand that we are essentially irrational creatures, fundamentally driven by our desires and emotions. he thus seems to be deeply in contact with those uncomfortable truths about ourselves which we would rather not know about.this makes the reading of him something that if taken seriously, can change one's life.

what higher complement can one make of a writer? He is vigorous in his so called pessimism, so he invigorates us. He is totally honest; He detests humbug and in clarity; he thinks that Art is something which can enoble us, and i agree with him. he is infintely insightful and deflationary of human pretention, always salutary; and last, but by no means least, i find him funny!

enough from me; Try him !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By saket on February 25, 2012
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There are philosophers and there are philosophers. The first kind are read by people doing some sort of research with an intent to get some glorious sounding title appended to their name, then there are some who one reads because they pave the way to find a way, a method and design in apparantly unorganized mess around us that we call life. With divergent directions, somewhere all gets converged to a common truth, while Neitzsche begins with nihilistic view, and talks within it of a exhilerating view of life, Schopenheuar takes a slightly conservative and modest view of it when he says that aim of life is not pursuit of unbridled happiness, but rather a struggle to avoid unhappiness, which as per him is good enough and realistic enough an aim. But where it actually finds common ground with Neitzsche and Emerson, when he talks about the need of self sufficiency to be able to reach where one strives to reach. Else, no matter how hard one may try, the vain and the vulger will bring you down into the squalor of pettiness.
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By Richard Wm Short on January 1, 2014
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I had only heard the name Schopenhauer and, frankly, had a hard time spelling it at first.
Now having read his essays, I find his observations of the world and people's interaction within it totally in keeping with my own. He, however, has expressed what I would sum up as, ' the need for tranquility', more eloquently and in greater depth than I.
I feel fortunate that the English language has strong Germanic roots and the translation of his work comes through with clarity.
Schopenhauer, or any philosopher or 'deep thinker', for that matter, is not for everyone. But if you're interested in something to ease your spirit intellectually, without New Age touch-feely psychobabble, the Essays is good place to start.
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