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Parerga and Paralipomena: Short Philosophical Essays, Volume II

by Arthur Schopenhauer

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As Philosophers go, Schopenhauer has a lot of character, and that is highly evident in his writing style.

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Parerga and Paralipomena essentially refers to the fact that these are Schopenhauer's addendums. His main idea of Will and Representation having already been published as his principle tome, he decided to publish all his ideas on other topics, ranging from color, noise, religion, pedagogy, the futility of living...you know, the basics.

Schopenhauer's tone ranges from the depths of nihilism to just angsty (his two primary emotions?) While some of his essays roll off of Will and Representation, others come out of the blue; his ideas on education and educational institutions are especially interesting, and rather timeless.

That said, he isn't free of problems. While as philosophy goes, Schopenhauer tends to be an easier reader (let's not mention Lacan any time soon), but some of his ideas are highly outdated or just wrong, especially his disparaging remarks in "On Women." Even so, his problematic moments can serve as historical relics in history of thought, and it would be worse if they weren't published at all.

In general, Arthur tends to be a bit of a self-indulgent curmudgeon, but its just fun to read. ( )
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This is the only complete English translation of one of the most significant and fascinating works of the great philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860). The Parerga (Volume 1) are six long essays; the Paralipomena (Volume 2) are shorter writings arranged under thirty-one different subject-headings. These works won widespread attention with their publication in 1851, helping to secure lasting international fame for Schopenhauer. Indeed, their intellectual vigor, literary power, and rich diversity are still extraordinary even today.

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