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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Paperback; Abridged edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460875051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460875059
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By john cahir on May 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
For someone with no formal instruction in philosophy this is a very good book to begin with. Schopenhauer avoids the use of pretensious "philosophical" jargon and writes in a predominantly literary fashion.
The main value in this book is its ideas. Its basic premis is simple, yet the range of topics that Schopenhauer delivers treatises on is quite astounding - art, gambling, contract theory, sexual love and ascetic renunciation, to mention but a few. Only a man of his genius could have found a thread to link these diverse topics together. One does, however, sense at times that he distorts his philospophical beliefs in order to express his revulsion about his least favourite types of human activity.
I found the discussions on art the most insightful and rewarding. The book is a good dissection of the blind striving and willing of our world and has the potential to alter the way you view the nature of things.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert H. Woog on September 30, 2005
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This is a really excellent and readable version of Schopenhauer's seminal work. Any abridgements are very judiciously made, so that none of the essential ideas are left out. The introduction is excellent, and the translation very coherent and easy to follow. It is one of the most engrossing of philosphical primary texts, much easier to understand than Kant, and the presentation and translation are excellent. Anyone with an interest in philosophy, especially in the period of 19th Century philosophy from Kant to Nietzche, will find it indispensable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jomo K on April 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Truth be told, I came to Schopenhauer's work reluctantly, having been put off by Nietzsche, who - despite an early infatuation with Schopenhauer - later turned against his "mentor" (of sorts) claiming his work lacked any ethical applicability.

Yet, as an avid reader of Buddhist and Western philosophical texts, I found myself repeatedly drawn towards Schopenhauer through various resources. So after putting my prejudices aside, I went to the text itself, and I have to say, I consumed this volume with great enthusiasm: I find Schopenhauer to be one of the clearest, most articulate philosophers in the Western tradition (not unlike a Zen master). His work is, in a word, genius.

OK, sure, the "Buddha of Frankfurt" (his nickname) was no saint, but then again, who is? If you ask me, Schopenhauer's thinking is not to be "followed" as such, but rather, "understood," as I find his quiet reserve inspirational and his attempts at personal fulfillment through ART to be wise and sagely advice.

Personally, I found that The World as Will and Idea reminded me of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene. We are, it seems, reproduction machines. (I also think the fledgling terms Id and Ego might be brought into play as well.)

Finally, I must concur with Schopenhauer's university philosophy professor, G.E. Schulze, who told the young thinker to stick with ONLY Plato and Kant. But to that small list I would now add one more name: Arthur Schopenhauer, as he brilliantly merges the thought of Plato and Kant to form a truly original philosophy - and he does so in a much clearer way than, say, Hegel or any other German Idealist might have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have returned to this everyman edition of this book many times over the years...nearly every passage is underlined in a different color pen. I don't have much to add to what the other reviewers have said, except that if you are interested in reading Schopenhauer, I would *definitely* get this edition of the book. It is very readable, and the introduction by David Berman is *wonderful*...it concisely puts Schopenhauer's ideas in context, and it also provides an enlightening introduction that will inspire you to read on, augmenting the accessibility of this already very accessible version.

Enjoy!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark on February 24, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
The Kindle edition of this work is a disaster. There is no Table of Contents, much less a Contents with active links. Worse, the text itself is full of formatting problems and typos. We very much need a Kindle edition of Schopenhauer's main work (in particular, the two volumes translated as The World as Will and Representation). But this is NOT that edition.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel Boyer on April 4, 2010
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This "translation" of The World as Will and Idea printed by General Books LLC is terrible.
No translator is listed. It is incomplete, missing important parts, and was total waste of money.
The disclaimer at the beginning of the book says in part:
"...While the publisher and author have used their best efforts...they make no representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this book..." Further down it says:
"We have created this book from the original using Optical Character Recognition software to keep the cost of the book as low as possible. ...please forgive any spelling mistakes, missing or extraneous characters..."
That pretty well sums it up. General Books LLC books clearly aren't even worth the money put into making them.
If you want a usable copy look for more well-known publisher. This is unusable for anyone studying the text academically, and fairly worthless for anyone else.
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