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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (October 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409924378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409924371
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ram@onyx.co.il on June 14, 1998
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This lucid and important book was considered by Schopenhauer as the introduction to his magnum opus "The World as Will and as Representation". It can be conceived as Schopenhauer's alternative version to Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason" as an attempt to map all A-PRIORI knowledge. Schopenhauer, an obvious sequel to Kant, differentiates himself from Kant in this book in two basic assumptions: 1. There is no distinction between REPRESENTATION and OBJECT. We perceive objects directly, not through a subjective "buffer". 2. PERCEPTION is not logically independent of UNDERSTANDING, on the contrary. We perceive objects (necessarily) already understood, i.e. determined and related to other objects. Schopenhauer interprets the last premiss as the Principle of Sufficient Reason, which he claims to be the root of all A-PRIORI knowledge.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ivo R Hernandez on September 9, 2000
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I am happy to encourage any reader to Schpenhauer's doctoral thesis, just as much as he himself did in the introduction of the World as Will and Representation. The book is absolutely worth the time spent, and it is indeed a coherent prime step (though this is a revised edition of the 1814 original) to Schopenhauer's philosophical system. The translation by E.F.Payne is product of a life's effort. It is almost impecable and will stand to the demands of the accurate reader, though it may be advisable to compare and review the original in order to look for the literary sound of the ideas exposed. Schopenhauer is one of those rare cases where highly expressive prose correlates smoothly with mighty philosophical meaning. He may also be an excellent way to perfect our understanding of Kant.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Nigel on March 12, 2003
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This amazing treatise on human knowledge has one little fault. The editors at Open Court left out eleven words in the Tranlator's Introduction. This omission should gratify present-day philosophers in that it turns Schopenhauer's words into modern-sounding nonsense. I will surround the omitted words with parentheses. On page xx, Schopenhauer is quoted: " ...so that I cannot hope ever to find a more correct and accurate expression of that core of my philosophy (than what is there recorded. Whoever wishes to know my philosophy) thoroughly and investigate it seriously must take that chapter into consideration." You see, the occurrence of the word "philosophy" twice in close proximity utterly confused them. I notified Open Court but did not receive an acknowledgement. Other than this, I have to judge this book as one of the few life-changing writings that occur a few times every century. For laughs, read Heidegger's "Principle of Reason" and compare the two.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Earl Dennis on June 21, 2001
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This work is amazingly still ahead of its time despite being roughly 150 years old. It is essential for any student of science and/or philosophy. It requires focus and energy to read, and rather bogs down toward the end, but upon finishing it you'll most likely be enlightened on aspects of your cognitive and reasoning powers you weren't previously aware you even possessed. Here's why this book is important. The history of humanity's awakening from animal consciousness into the self-aware, abstract reasoning existence marks a movement from the the evolutionary advent of vertebrates to interstellar space probes. It's quite a little drama. The chroniclers of this story weren't really able to swing into action, due to technical difficulties, until a crotchety old cuss from Konigsberg ran off the barbarians of the mind. Kant is not refered to as the father of the modern scientific method for nothing. What Kant attributes to Hume in terms of motivation is also given to Kant on the road to Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer takes up the torch mightily and ushers us finally onto the platform of the empirical epistemology of idealism, which seems like a contradiction but isn't. It is astounding how many supposedly scientific types still do not grasp the necessary idealism ingrained in the neural cognitive machinery and see the human animal as machines of sensation. Whatever graduation requirements in American universities stand responsible for this travesty are dispelled by the concise and unwavering interpretation of Schopenhauer. Read it. Learn from it. The principle of sufficient reason is of course the necessity that all events derive from their concomitant causes, or, that things happen for a reason.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By qwff on February 19, 2010
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I came to this book through a winding road. I was out of new books to take at work with me and the idea of having to spend the day actually working without the chance to transfer at least my mind somewhere else was unbearable, so I opened a case of old books and took out something at random, which revealed itself to be a collection of writings about the primacy of the will over reason by Schopenhauer - a book which I had received as a gift seven years before. Apparently at the time I didn't have the right bag of experiences to appreciate Schopenhauer, but this time it really hit, and after that I decided I had to read his magnum opus, The World as Will and Representation. After reading the introduction and several reviews, I got the feeling that of the various prerequisites the author himself prescribes to be able to fully understand his work there was at least one that could not be skipped without depreciating the whole experience, and it was to read Schopenhauer's doctoral thesis: "On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason".

I had never ever heard of this book before, so I guess that it's not well known outside the circle of full-time philosophy students, and that's a shame. Compared to better known works it's exceptionally clear and enjoyable, and still it builds an essential, solid framework that will probably become one of the most useful tools in your mental arsenal. After reading it I caught myself using it in many different circumstances; it made me reconsider a lot of problems leading to a view where everything simply fell into its place. This came naturally, almost without even realizing that I was applying it... I think I can't say more to vouch for the simple beauty of this system.
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