Arthur Schopenhauer (Critical Lives) by Peter B. Lewis

By Peter B. Lewis

Arthur Schopenhauer committed his grownup existence to the articulation of a philosophy for the realm, a philosophy that may profit mankind through delivering an answer to the riddle of life. frequently thought of a thoroughgoing pessimist, Schopenhauer in truth recommended methods – through inventive, ethical and ascetic different types of wisdom – to beat a frustration-filled and essentially painful human situation. even though offered in luminous prose, Schopenhauer’s philosophy was once overlooked for many of his existence. but fifty years after his dying his rules have been being celebrated by means of intellectuals, writers and artists. His identify turned a byword for philosophical greatness.

This new severe biography offers a concise advent to the lifestyles and paintings of the nineteenth-century German thinker, situating the critical doctrines of his philosophy within the context of his lifestyles. thinker and pupil Peter B. Lewis describes and explains the entire significant occasions, in addition to the philosopher's principles at the which means of lifestyles, the character of artwork, faith and morality. He additionally relates Schopenhauer’s principles to the highbrow and cultural heritage of early nineteenth-century Germany.

Schopenhauer’s philosophy has consistently held a unique appeal if you ask yourself approximately life’s which means, in addition to these attracted to song, literature and the visible arts. Illustrated with pics and pictures of Schopenhauer, and his relations and contemporaries, Arthur Schopenhauer will interact all these readers, in addition to scholars and students of Schopenhauer and nineteenth-century philosophy.

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He himself is always in the pure cool mountain air and now beholds the sun when all below is still engulfed in dead of night (mr i, p. 14). After taking Schulze’s course in logic during the summer semester of 1811, Schopenhauer felt that he needed to continue his philosophical journey by leaving Göttingen. He decided upon the University of Berlin. Founded in 1810 by the liberal educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, the university (now known as the Humboldt University of Berlin) had already attracted a glittering array of distinguished intellectuals, including the philosopher-theologian Friedrich Daniel Schleiermacher, the zoologist Martin Heinrich Lichtenstein and the Greek scholar Friedrich August Wolf.

Heinrich had drowned in the canal behind the family home, having fallen from the loft in the warehouse. It is likely that the fall was deliberate. Officially, the death was regarded as a tragic accident, but both Johanna and Arthur understood Heinrich’s death to be suicide, though they did not openly acknowledge this to one another. Heinrich had been ailing for some time. Clues to his declining vitality and increasing anxiety can be found in Johanna’s letters to Arthur when he was at school in Wimbledon: ‘you know that your father does not like meeting people .

During the course of his first year at Göttingen, Schopenhauer began to consider changing his focus from medicine to philosophy. The evidence of his notebooks from his time in Weimar indicates that even then his thinking was tending in a philosophical direction, and during his second semester at Göttingen he began to borrow philosophical works by Schelling and Plato from the university library. In his curriculum vitae of 1824 he wrote that he made his decision to devote himself exclusively to philosophy after he had gained some reasonable knowledge of himself and also of the subject (g, p.

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