The Essential Schopenhauer

The Essential Schopenhauer : Key Selections from The World As Will and Representation and Other Writings

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"We should be grateful to Schopenhauer for managing to express the truth about life so beautifully." -Alain De Botton, author of The Consolations of Philosophy

"Schopenhauer's philosophy has had a special attraction for those who wonder about life's meaning, along with those engaged in music, literature, and the visual arts." -Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Essential Schopenhauer delivers the first comprehensive English anthology of the seminal philosopher's writings. Edited by Wolfgang Schirmacher, president of the International Schopenhauer Association, this indispensible collection affords readers a uniquely accessible gateway into the monolithic thinker's prodigious body of work. Just as the Harper Perennial Basic Writings series renders the work of Heidegger and Nietzsche accessible for English readers, The Essential Schopenhauer gives us unprecedented access to the complex ideas of this profound and influential thinker.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061768243
  • 9780061768248
  • 64,054

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A new, comprehensive English anthology

What is the meaning of life? How should I live? Is there any purpose to the universe? Generations have turned to the great German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer for answers to such essential questions of existence. His influence has extended not only to later philosophers--Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein among them--but also to musicians, artists, and important novelists such as Tolstoy, Thomas Mann, and Proust.

The Essential Schopenhauer, the most comprehensive English anthology now available of this seminal thinker's writings, will open English readers to Schopenhauer's profound ideas. Selected by Wolfgang Schirmacher, president of the International Schopenhauer Association, The Essential Schopenhauer is an invaluable and accessibleintroduction to Schopenhauer's powerful body of work.
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About Arthur Schopenhauer

German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860) is the author of The World as Will and Representation. Wolfgang Schirmacher is Director of the European Graduate School and President of the International Schopenhauer Society. He lives in New York City.
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