Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The World as Will and Idea (Everyman's Library) Paperback – Abridged, May 1, 1995
Up to 50% off select Non-Fiction books
Featured titles are up to 50% off for a limited time. See all titles
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Original Language: German
From the Publisher
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for every one of us pretentious philosophers willing to read the worldviews of a grumpy but insightful Schopenhauer.Published 7 months ago by Mast3r R3view3R
By far the best philosophy book I've ever read and I feel that Schopenhauer is a good start to any would be serious and devout lover of philosophy . . . Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andi Knox
Liked the book
I would it to interested in how the mind constructs ideas and activates them in the material world through the five or six senses.
This copy of 'The World as Will and Idea' is replete with typing errors, to a point that makes it very difficult to read. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Richard C. Ball
Unfortunately this title is misleading and starts in the middle of the book. It is a fair price for what you get but this kind of heady reading is not something one wants to start... Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by G
this is actually the last part of the entire work although the advertising would have you believe you are buying the whole work
I regard this as a misrepresentation!