In “On the Sufferings of the World” (), Schopenhauer boldly claims: “Unless suffering is the direct and immediate object of life, our. Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation When Schopenhauer says that all life is suffering he means that all life, that is, everything that. Editions. On the Suffering of the World . Arthur Schopenhauer · Paperback Throughout history, some books have changed the world.
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Schopenhauer’s perception of the importance of art, morality and self awareness in a blind struggle against a Godless, meaningless world radically transformed our understanding of the individual and remains a searing vision of the human condition. PaperbackPenguin Great Ideaspages. Published September 2nd by Penguin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about On the Suffering of the Worldplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about On the Suffering of the World. Lists with This Book. Sep 22, Maru Kun rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
How about thi Things Schopenhauer likes: The internet would have destroyed him if he’d lived today. Just imagine the twitter storm if he’d tweeted this: For just as the female ant loses its wings after mating, since they are then superfluous Although Schopenhauer wouldn’t have wasted much time surfing the net in any case: 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 whores”: 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…”.
Studies in Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer : ON THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD.
Not just a hint of jealousy there my old pal? View all 8 comments. Apr 09, Elie F rated it liked it Shelves: 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 negati Some readers seem to enjoy essays such as “On the Suffering of the World” while denouncing “On Women” completely.
Schopenhauer famously regards suffering as positive and happiness as negative but it is important to note that he distinguishes between different kinds of 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: I can imagine Schopenhauer saying to Beatrice: 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. View all 4 comments. Apr 11, Ana rated it liked it Shelves: Schopenhauer honey, I do think you are brilliant, but you need a hug and a little fun! View all 3 comments. Jul 09, Abeer Abdullah rated it really liked it Shelves: A his extreme self righteous vanity B his massive almost psychopathic misogyny.
View all 5 comments. Apr 12, Leda rated it really liked it. Nihilistic and pessimistic but in the meantime deeply realistic criticism on life as a whole. May 01, O rated it did not like it. Can’t help but feel the world would have suffered a little less if Schopenhauer hadn’t been in it. Feb 20, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 incline Where he’s good, Schopenhauer is very good On the Suffering of the World, On Thinking for Yourself, On Philosophy and the Intellectbut where he’s bad he’s execrable On Women. 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.
Jul 30, Ben marked it as to-read. Throughout history, some books have changed the world.
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Arthur Schopenhauer was born in Danzig in He went on to study Throughout history, pn books have changed the world. He went on to study medicine and science at Gottingen University and in began to study philosophy.
In 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 Although the book failed to sell, his belief in his own views sustained him through twenty-five years of frustrated desire word fame.
In 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 with the publication of Parerga and Paralipomena. He died in This is not a book for everyone. Especially for those who believe life has a meaning and happiness is an achievable state instead of an imaginary idea.
I think it is a very good book that speaks the truth that people tend to avoid on their everyday lives. Many may find his opinions to be too pessimistic but I believe he is a great writer who happened to view life and existence in a completely unique but realistic way.
His chapter on women is frustrating but I enjoyed it taking into account when This is not a book for everyone. His chapter on women is frustrating but I enjoyed it taking into account when the book was written and Schopenhauer’s personality and experiences with women. Jul 13, Maira rated it liked it. I came across this book during a particularly bad spell of the black dog. I immediately ordered it off Amazon 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. 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: 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.
Or maybe just tired of reading one particular type of book on psychology repeatedly me and self-helpand wonders what to read instead.
On the Suffering of the World
Oct 26, Anna Maria sufferings it really liked it. This is very dark, and the harsh contrasts it draws between ‘man’ and ‘brute’ appear, at first, as much an indulgence of the human ego as a reflection on the human condition. Yet, Schopenhauer’s essay twists and turns beautifully, working its way through a body of rhetoric including the existential ideology of multiple creeds and cultures to rest in the bowels of human suffering itself- effectively discrediting the assumption that our ‘mortal coil’ needn’t be a state of suffering at all.
The p This is very dark, and the harsh contrasts it draws between ‘man’ and ‘brute’ appear, sufferingz first, as much an indulgence of the human ego as a reflection on the human condition. The philosopher briefly shares thoughts on longevity, breeding, indulgence, distraction and spectacle which are eerily preemptive of a modern society that appears fixated on self-gratification, celebrity and legacy as though it might somehow cheat suffering and inevitable death by simply never looking mortality or The Grim Reaper in the eye except where the demise of others is concerned, of course.
Schopenhaufr light of such thoughts and reflections, Schopenhauer’s call for compassion appears perfectly ‘soulful’ or ‘divine’- yet it does not simply surmise what it is that makes human connectivity and existence tolerable, nay sufferinggs, rather the philosopher effectively weighs his thoughts against examples of individual and collective human and ‘brute’ schopenhzuer beast experiences to illustrate his stance.
In schopennhauer, his philosophical stance in this essay seems almost entirely devoid from explorations of the noumenal realm in favour of the sentient experience and, as such, it is not so much a question of ‘what is suffering’ that Schopenhauer is presenting here as ‘why is suffering’. I found Arthur Schopnhauer’s conclusions to be very enlightening.