- Paperback: 694 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (June 1, 1966)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486217612
- ISBN-13: 978-0486217611
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 1 Paperback – June 1, 1966
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Arthur Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung is one of the most important philosophical works of the nineteenth century, the basic statement of one important stream of post-Kantian thought. It is without question Schopenhauer's greatest work. Conceived and published before the philosopher was 30 and expanded 25 years later, it is the summation of a lifetime of thought.
For 70 years, the only unabridged English translation of this work was the Haldane-Kemp collaboration. In 1958, a new translation by E. F. J. Payne appeared that decisively supplanted the older one. Payne's translation is superior because it corrects nearly 1,000 errors and omissions in the Haldane-Kemp translation, and it is based on the definitive 1937 German edition of Schopenhauer's work prepared by Dr. Arthur Hübscher. Payne's edition is the first to translate into English the text's many quotations in half a dozen languages. It is thus the most useful edition for the student or teacher.
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Idealism is the basis of Schopenhauer's philosophy that is why it is difficult to understand from the first reading. His book must be red at least twice and by reading his other books which is variation on the same theme, his philosophy gets clearer.
The philosophy of Schopenhauer deals with metaphisics therfore could not be complete. I recommend a good book that tries to complete Schopenhauer's work. The Will's Harmonic Motion: The Completion of Schopenhauer's Philosophy. The reader will find in it a fresh look at Schopenhauer great philosophy and takes the concept of the will to its limit and conclusion.
In the preface, Schopenhauer gives several prerequisites, without which it may be difficult for some people to grasp this volume fully:
1) An understanding of Kantian Philosophy
2) On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (by the author)
3) On Vision and Colors (by the author)
4) Hindu Philosophy
I was able to grasp the book's main idea without the points 1-3 mentioned above, though I think I would have appreciated Part 1 and Part 2 of the book more had I been acquainted with all the prerequisites.
Remember, in the preface, Schopenhauer said those 4 points mentioned above are prerequisites to reading this text. You now do as you wish.