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Essays of Schopenhauer [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Schopenhauer , Sara Hay (Goddard) Dircks
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4.0 out of 5 stars collection of philosophical essays July 5, 2012
By Mei
This book is in the public domain, so you can download it legally for free from several sites on the web. Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher who lived from 1788-1860; he was influenced among others by Plato and Immanuel Kant, and in his turn influenced Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Mann and others. Schopenhauers work is known for its pessimistic views and beautifully written essays. If you like reading philosophy -or would like to try it- then I can recommend reading some of Schopenhauers essays.

The contents of this volume is:

Preliminary (introduction by the translator, Mrs Rudolf Dircks)
Biographical note (of several pages, also by the translator)

And then by Schopenhauer himself:

ON AUTHORSHIP AND STYLE
ON NOISE
ON EDUCATION
ON READING AND BOOKS
THE EMPTINESS OF EXISTENCE
ON WOMEN
THINKING FOR ONESELF
SHORT DIALOGUE ON THE INDESTRUCTIBILITY OF OUR TRUE BEING BY DEATH
RELIGION--A DIALOGUE
PSYCHOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS
METAPHYSICS OF LOVE
PHYSIOGNOMY
ON SUICIDE

As a sample I copy the first few sentences of the first essay ('On authorship and style') below:

There are, first of all, two kinds of authors: those who write for the
subject's sake, and those who write for writing's sake. The first kind
have had thoughts or experiences which seem to them worth communicating,
while the second kind need money and consequently write for money. They
think in order to write, and they may be recognised by their spinning
out their thoughts to the greatest possible length, and also by the way
they work out their thoughts, which are half-true, perverse, forced, and
vacillating; then also by their love of evasion, so that they may seem
what they are not; and this is why their writing is lacking in
definiteness and clearness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, largely forgotten philosopher! July 3, 2013
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For those who like non-PC thinkers (and his ideas about women are 100 times more objectionable than the ones that got Larry Summers fired as President of Harvard), this guy is remarkably interesting. Many ideas and quotations that have come into widespread use originated with him. An example: Truly new ideas are first thought absurd, then horrifying, then obvious." The guy is also a terrific writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative but Dark Philosophy November 17, 2014
Shopenhaur's book is a provocative but dark philosophy. He states, for example, that existence has no real value in itself and that the only time we take delight in our existence is when we are struggling toward some goal, otherwise we suffer from a feeling of boredom and emptiness. Shopenhauer also states that man lives in his imagination rather than in the present moment and that the present is to be cherished and not the expectation of the future. He states that man must turn his back upon the world and that his denial of his will is the way to his redemption. It is reported that Shopenhaur held high regard for the Upanishads and for Buddhism and his teachings show some similarity to them. However, Shopenhauer did not go very far in his discussion of these similarities and, for this reason, his philosophy is somewhat lacking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting lines of thought. May 23, 2014
By Feyd
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A few simple thoughts here:

One, If you are reading this review then I would generally take that as you are interested in Philosophy - or horribly lost. IN either case, this is a very interesting read and full of things that will kick start your brain into thinking or seeing things in a different way. How you digest these thoughts if of your on volition.

Two: The book is free on kindle.... So there is nothing to lose aside from the few hours it should take you to read this book (or perhaps a tad bit long if you take Schopenhauer advice and read everything twice.) And if you can't stand his way of seeing things, you can always stop. Nothing to lose but time, and lets face it: IF you are interested in philosophy you are already a master at "wasting" time.

I enjoyed this collection of essays. Considering you have nothing to lose by downloading this for your kindle - IF you are into philosophy and enjoy reading and pondering this book might just be for you.
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