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Things Schopenhauer likes music, suicide, tragic drama.Things Schopenhauer hates toads, common sense, grand opera, religious dogmatics, action novels, women, published writers, the limitations to our understanding of the indestructibility of our essential being by death imposed on us by our narrow conception of time, spiders.Schopenhauer is to philosophy what The Smiths are to popular music so unrelentingly miserable that you can t help but cheer up when they stop I love it How about thisnonetheless, everyone desires to achieve old age , that is to say a condition in which one can say Today it is bad, and day by day it will get worse until at last the worst of all arrivesHe was lucky he lived in the nineteenth century The internet would have destroyed him if he d lived today Just imagine the twitter storm if he d tweeted thisFor just as the female ant loses its wings after mating, since they are then superfluousso the women usually loses her beauty after one or two childbeds, and probably for the same reasons. Although Schopenhauer wouldn t have wasted much time surfing the net in any caseThe art of not reading is a very important one It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. And it s great to read a philosopher that actually has an opinion on something, just like this published writers are all whoresA man who tries to live on the generosity of the Muses..seems to me somewhat to resemble a girl who lives on her charms Both profane for base profit what ought to be a free gift of their inmost being Both are liable to become exhausted and both usually come to a shameful end So do not degrade your Muse to a whore. Not just a hint of jealousy there my old pal Great stuff. there is no doubt in my mind that Arthur Schopenhauer is a genius, whatever that term may entitle.in this book alone he foreshadowed the theory of evolution, the discovery of the conscious and subconscious mind, and had extremely beautiful texts regarding The suffering of the world , The vanity of existence and on suicide he however had two Huge flaws that prevented me personally from enjoying his book fully A his extreme self righteous vanity B his massive almost psychopathic misogyny.as a lot of highly intelligent, suppressed, outcast, and generally unsocial people tend to be and these are all my personal assumptions, non of them are facts I believe Schopenhauer simply did not think that the majority of people could conceive intelligent thought how very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which suppress upon us from every sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do so the rest live their lives away in this dream not very different from the animals how does he even know that people do not continually philosophize, because they havent written a book because they get out of bed and go to work because they conform to social norms non of these things come even close to a proof, he also assumes that animals do not at all contemplate their own existence, how on earth does he know THAT is he a scientist has made research if he has he hasnt mentioned anything about it here.and this is just one example of his continuously pompous statements as for the misogyny which is so very ugly, I believe whole heartedly that it was directly tied with his terrible relationship with his mother and sister, his father his idol had committed suicide when arthur was very young, which he later discovered in a letter might have been a direct result of his mother s behavior after his father s death, his mother had moved to a new city, opened a famous literary salon, wrote a novel, had men coming in and out of the salon and he was disgusted by how fast she had forgotten about his father the last time he had seen her was 24 years before she died.in his essay on women he blatantly makes irrational and clearly anger driven remarks like one needs only to see the way she is built to realize that woman is not intended for great mental or for great physical labour how on earth can he tell that she is not intended for great mental labour just by looking at the way she is built women are suited to being the nurses and teachers of our earliest childhood precisely because they themselves are childish and he also goes on to say that the ideal solution for female prostitution is male polygamy since every man needs many women, than there could be nothing just than that he should be free, indeed obliged, to support many women this would also mean the restoration of woman to her rightful and natural position, the subordinate one, and the abolition of the world of the Lady lastly I would still say he has some incredibly wonderful lines and statements in the better part of this book, statements that were both clever and well written, and at one point fairly heartbreaking, making this book very human and vulnerable, seemingly written by somebody very lonely and unhappy comforting themselves with the most intelligent and pessimistic and consequently beautiful thoughts that human life must be some kind of mistake is sufficiently proved by the simple observation that man is a compound of needs hard to satisfy that their satisfaction achieves nothing but a painless condition in which he is only given over to boredom and that boredom is a direct proof that existence in it s self is valueless, for boredom is nothing other than the sensation of the emptiness of existence. Some readers seem to enjoy essays such as On the Suffering of the World while denouncing On Women completely Of course Schopenhauer is overtly sexist but his view on femininity is a crucial part of his philosophy, so let s not ignore it simply because it s sexist Schopenhauer s basic idea on women is that the female sex is the unaesthetic sex they suffer but their suffering is unaesthetic and thus of little value Schopenhauer famously regards suffering as positive and happiness as negative but it is important to note that he distinguishes between different kinds of suffering women suffer from pains of childbirth, the caring for the child and subjection to the man, but women the incurable philistines are not capable of great suffering, or aesthetic suffering The idea of aesthetic suffering seems self contradictory to me because Schopenhauer suggests aesthetics rests on the abolition of the will and thus the abolition of all possibility of suffering , so I think Schopenhauer might be suggesting that aesthetic suffering itself abolishes suffering Anyway, for him, women are only capable of suffering associated with basic desire or the propagation of the human race, and are not capable of this superior category of suffering associated with the abolition of the will and the attainment of pure knowledge This distinction between male being the aesthetic and female being the sexually desirable is nothing new or unique ex just contradict Death in Venice with Lolita for example , but Schopenhauer s association of this distinction with suffering is quite unique Schopenhauer s another critique of the female sex is that they feel too much unnecessary irrational compassion for suffering I can imagine Schopenhauer saying to Beatrice you stupid sentimental woman, leave Dante alone, let him suffer Or maybe he would even criticize Jesus by associating him with femininity Anyway, this collection of essays can serve as an introduction to Schopenhauer s philosophy, but his thoughts are quite immature and somewhat incoherent here A 3.5 star for me. Me Schopenhauer honey, I do think you are brilliant, but you need a hug and a little fun Schopenhauer Can t help but feel the world would have suffered a little less if Schopenhauer hadn t been in it. Nihilistic and pessimistic but in the meantime deeply realistic criticism on life as a whole Loved it Where he s good, Schopenhauer is very good On the Suffering of the World, On Thinking for Yourself, On Philosophy and the Intellect , but where he s bad he s execrable On Women.Dour and pessimistic, he s the Morrissey of philosophy All is vanity, life is short and joy is fleeting I have to wonder if today he would be diagnosed with clinical depression, rather than the romantic melancholia of genius So, that said, I found much in common with him, in a mordantly humourous way, as I m inclined to a glass half empty view of life much as I seek to amend that Where I think he goes wrong, particularly so in his views upon women, is in not challenging the assumptions and cultural perspectives of his time and place He takes these views as given and does not seem to be conscious of the possibility that the qualities he berates in woman may arise due to the r les forced upon them by society, nor does he seem to consider that his own perspective may be skewed by the privileged position he holds in that society as a man.Worth reading 3.5 stars if that were possible on GR , though I m sure he would not have said the same about this review, laden as it is with plebian affectations to style, parentheses and devoid of original thought, relying instead upon a dissection of the thoughts of another. *Free E-pub ☘ Nachträge zur Lehre vom Leiden der Welt ☛ Le Dos Hoy, Estos Aforismos De Arthur Schopenhauer Son Pura Dinamita Intelectual, Un Monumento A Lo Pol Ticamente Incorrecto Las Reflexiones Del Fil Sofo Alem N Sobre La Vida, El Amor O Las Mujeres Destilan Una L Cida Amargura Que Cuadra Perfectamente Con El Car Cter Pesimista De Su PensamientoHeredero De Kant, Schopenhauer, El Fil Sofo Anti Hegeliano Por Excelencia, Es Uno De Los Pensadores M S Originales Que Ha Dado La Filosof A Occidental Throughout history, some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.Arthur Schopenhauer was born in Danzig in 1788 He went on to study medicine and science at Gottingen University and in 1810 began to study philosophy In 1811 he transferred to Berlin to write his doctoral thesis, and began to write The World as Will and Idea, a complete exploration of his philosophy, which was finished in 1818 Although the book failed to sell, his belief in his own views sustained him through twenty five years of frustrated desire for fame In 1844 brought a much expanded edition of his book, which after his death became one of the most widely read of all philosophical works His fame was established in 1851 with the publication of Parerga and Paralipomena He died in 1860. I came across this book during a particularly bad spell of the black dog I googled suffering in the world why book and came across this and quotes related I immediately ordered it off and thought it would be a soothing Buddhist style comfort imploring me to accept the influx of pain and suffering in reality I was partially right But also very wrong Schopenhauer is quite a snobbish misanthrope, and I say this only in the confidence that I believe he would agree His essay On the Indestructibility of our Essential Being by Death was absolutely timeless and enlightening and one of the best things I have ever read, for this section alone I was tempted to give this 5 stars As were his thoughts On Thinking for Yourself His section On Women however, was predictably myopic Nevertheless, I came away from the experience with the thrill of being able to cite his name pretentiously and the feeling of being better well read This book is good if You are fearful anxious of death aka oblivion, feel somewhat divorced from reality and would like to know where you fit in to it all Are misanthropic and can t bear to read anything by someone who ceaselessly announces the core goodness of human nature, when all you ever see is its ugliness Wonder what goes through the mind of a cutthroat well read critic when he reads your work or listens to your philosophical conjectures see section On Books and Writing I was able to satisfy my curiosity in many ways, though Some of the metaphors were particularly powerful such as the image of vegetation as aesthetically pleasing and resonating within the human spirit due to its defiance of gravity His thoughts on the innocence of children as the reason why they perceive the beauty of things in a primal manner, due to cutting through the idiosyncrasy of what they see and straight to the genus and then the Platonic Idea behind it, was also sweet.The major USP of this little book is that it is saturated in cynicism and misanthropy, which paradoxically gives it a lot of power for someone who is tired of puerile and repetitive clich Or maybe just tired of reading one particular type of book on psychology repeatedly me and self help , and wonders what to read instead.