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The world as will and representation (original 1819; edition 1969)

by Arthur Schopenhauer

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Title:The world as will and representation
Authors:Arthur Schopenhauer
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The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer (1819)

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    On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein (galacticus)
    galacticus: Wittgenstein followed Schopenhauer early in his career; his conclusions are best understood in light of Schopenhauer's works.
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    The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle (galacticus)
    galacticus: It is believed Ryle read Schopenhauer early and recycled many of Schopenhauer's ideas in this work after having forgotten his early study experiences.
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    The elements of metaphysics : being a guide for lectures and private use by Paul Deussen (galacticus)
    galacticus: Deussen's work is an exposition of Kant through Schopenhauer.
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Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung is the central work of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. The first edition was published in December 1818, and the second expanded edition in 1844. My version is the three volume translation by R. B. Haldane and J. Kemp, titled "The World as Will and Idea", which appeared in 1883-1886. The key to the work may lie in the various translations rendered as “Idea,” “Representation,” and “Presentation,” which are all acceptable renderings of the word “Vorstellung”, but one other thought is the notion of a performance or a theatrical presentation that is key in his interpretation. The main body of the work states at the beginning that it assumes prior knowledge of Immanuel Kant's theories.

I am most interested in Nietzsche's appreciation of him. For Nietzsche, the reading of The World as Will and Representation aroused his interest in philosophy. Although he despised especially Schopenhauer's ideas on compassion, Nietzsche would admit that Schopenhauer was one of the few thinkers that he respected, lauding him in his essay Schopenhauer als Erzieher ("Schopenhauer as Educator", 1874), one of his Untimely Meditations.
  gmicksmith | Mar 2, 2011 |
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«De wereld is mijn voorstelling» – dit is een waarheid die voor elk levend en kennend wezen geldt, ofschoon alleen de mens haar in het reflexieve, abstracte bewustzijn kan brengen; doet hij dit dan is bij hem het stadium van de filosofische bezinning ingetreden.
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Truth is no prostitute, that throws herself away upon those who do not desire her; she is rather so coy a beauty that he who sacrifices everything to her cannot even be sure of her favour.
If it is mind, if it is knowledge, that makes man the lord of creation, there can be no such thing as harmless error, still less venerable and holy error. And for the consolation of those who in any way and at any time may have devoted strength and life to the noble and hard battle against error, I cannot refrain from adding that, so long as truth is absent, error will have free play, as owls and bats in the night; but sooner would we expect to see the owls and bats drive back the sun in the eastern heavens, than that any truth which has once been known and distinctly and fully expressed, can ever again be so utterly vanquished and overcome that the old error shall once more reign undisturbed over its wide kingdom. This is the power of truth; its conquest is slow and laborious, but if once the victory be gained, it can never be wrested back again.
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La comprensione metafisica del mondo è possibile, secondo Schopenhauer, non attraverso l'esperienza sensibile, giacché il fenomeno è pura apparenza o "rappresentazione", ma attraverso la "volontà", che consente di conoscere il noumeno. Una sorta di dualismo tra la dimensione di apparenza delle cose e la sostanza delle stesse: al fondo delle teorie di Schopenhauer risiede una vena di pessimismo, poiché l'uomo incessantemente tende alla conoscenza infinita, e subisce incessantemente la frustrazione di questo desiderio. La vita è solo una faticosa battaglia per l'esistenza, costellata di dolore e noia. L'arte e in particolare la musica - è il solo antidoto che consenta all'uomo di contemplare l'universale, seppure in maniera effimera.
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