Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 21, 2002 - Philosophy - 160 pages
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Schopenhauer is the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer's central notion is that of the will - a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Seeing human behaviour as that of a natural organism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexuality which influenced both psychologists and philosophers. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #62)

User Review  - Gilmara Mendes - Goodreads

The book is good, but there are some ideas that are a little out there and somewhat contradictory. Read full review

Review: Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #62)

User Review  - Austin Porter - Goodreads

The very short introduction series is generally good. A good way to feel someone out before digging into the text. A good way to get some understanding of the writers who influenced a philosopher yu are reading. Read full review

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Christopher Janaway is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birbeck College, University of London.

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