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Essays of Schopenhauer

Essays of Schopenhauer

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Essays of Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer
eBooks@Adelaide 2004
Table of Contents
Preliminary.Biographical Note.On Authorship and Style.On Noise.On Reading and Books.The Emptiness of Existence.On Women.Thinking for Oneself.Short Dialogue On the Indestructibility of Our True Being by Death.Religion. A Dialogue.Psychological Observations.Metaphysics of Love.Physiognomy.On Suicide.
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Arthur SchopenhauerEssays of Schopenhauer
When Schopenhauer was asked where he wished to be buried, he answered,“Anywhere; they will find me;” and the stone that marks his grave at Frankfort bearsmerely the inscription “Arthur Schopenhauer,” without even the date of his birth ordeath. Schopenhauer, the pessimist, had a sufficiently optimistic conviction that hismessage to the world would ultimately be listened to—a conviction that never failedhim during a lifetime of disappointments, of neglect in quarters where perhaps he wouldhave most cherished appreciation; a conviction that only showed some signs of being justified a few years before his death. Schopenhauer was no opportunist; he was noteven conciliatory; he never hesitated to declare his own faith in himself, in hisprinciples, in his philosophy; he did not ask to be listened to as a matter of courtesy butas a right—a right for which he would struggle, for which he fought, and which has inthe course of time, it may be admitted, been conceded to him.Although everything that Schopenhauer wrote was written more or less as evidence tosupport his main philosophical thesis, his unifying philosophical principle, the essays inthis volume have an interest, if not altogether apart, at least of a sufficiently independentinterest to enable them to be considered on their own merits, without relation to hismain idea. And in dissociating them, if one may do so for a moment (their author wouldhave scarcely permitted it!), one feels that one enters a field of criticism in whichopinions can scarcely vary. So far as his philosophy is concerned, this unanimity doesnot exist; he is one of the best abused amongst philosophers; he has many times beenexplained and condemned exhaustively, and no doubt this will be as many timesrepeated. What the trend of his underlying philosophical principal was, his metaphysicalexplanation of the world, is indicated in almost all the following essays, but chiefly inthe “Metaphysics of Love,” to which the reader may be referred.These essays are a valuable criticism of life by a man who had a wide experience of life,a man of the world, who possessed an almost inspired faculty of observation.Schopenhauer, of all men, unmistakably observed life at first hand. There is noacademic echo in his utterances; he is not one of a school; his voice has no formal

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