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Essays and Aphorisms (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 30, 1973
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R. J. Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche’s books and published two books about him. He has also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for the Penguin Classics. He is Honorary President of the British Nietzsche Society, and was for the Australian academic year 1991 Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne.
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Whether or not you agree with Schopenhauer's central philosophic themes, his high-jacking/hybridization of Kantian metaphysics and Eastern Vedic/Buddhist Scripture, his pessimistic misanthropy, his irrational and intuitive bent, his (huge) influence on psychology and psychoanalysis, his dismissal of Judeo-Christian religion, or his overbearing arrogance- he is not a thinker to be dismissed lightly. I disagree with him on practically everything important (as did Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy notwithstanding), except his scathing misanthropy and his views on opera (page 163- he loathed it by the way, as a philistine piling up of styles, an `unmusical invention for unmusical minds...'), but so what?Read more ›
Scopenhauer's ideas are a reflection of the post-Kantian era. The Zeitgeist of spiritual nihilism, which is nothing more than greater minds expressing the religious tendency. Scopenhauer seems like one who finds very little value in the world but he doesn't reverberate the nihilist slogan, "Since all is false, everyhing is permitted." He at once preaches to us that the world is inherently meaningless and that all movement is the result of an obscure force he calls "Will," and yet he proscribes compasion and empathy, as can be exemplified by his outrage over slavery and his sensitivity to animals.
While it's easier to tear down walls then to build them up, I nevertheless have a few problems with his ontological presuppositions.
Scopenhauer writes that his "ethics is ... actually in the spirit of the New Testament.." obviously appreciating it's ascetic nature yet in his dialogue on religion, he castigates Christianity and surprisingly exalts the Greeks (who affirmed life and did not practice an official religion ), exemplifying the superiority of their metaphysics to that of Christian metaphysics. He does this by comparing the periods in which these two systems reigned over their respective societies.Read more ›
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i feel like it could be translated much better. there is a sharp contrast in the way chapters about "thing in itself" or deep philosophical subjects are written and the way... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ramzi Shalabi
This is philosophy as it should be. Not only this, but the text I had (an older copy, though I'm sure the newer editions is fine as well - I've had a good experience with Penguin... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob Hoppman
My son is quite the history buff, I bought this book for him and he enjoyed it!Published 2 months ago by Cabo Lady
Essays and Aphorisms, translated by R.J. Hollingdale evidences that behind our capacity for sensitivity and love lies the shadow of humanity's darker side—a propensity for deeds... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brony FitzGerald
Introduction along makes this a worthy addition to one's library. And the design and size of the book makes it a traveling companion.Published 4 months ago by Stephen Jonassen
A little Schopenhauer will go a long way. Too much will lead to possible suicide (ya, that was a joke). He is dark, to be sure, but also very spot on with regards to human nature. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LastCoonassStanding
Imagine realizing that the Hobbesian "nasty, brutish, and short" state of nature is not just a concept or a nightmare but the world you actually live in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peter Mendrela
make sure u have a cocktail in hand, if u see the stars above as something other than part of u then ?Published 12 months ago by martin mclernon
of course, its marvelous and so true I think and easy reading.Published 15 months ago by lillianjsharp