The World As Will and Idea, Vol. 1 of 3

Arthur SCHOPENHAUER (1788 - 1860), translated by R. B. HALDANE (1856 - 1928) and J. KEMP ( - )

In this work, Schopenhauer explains his fundamental idea that at the root of the reality we see around us is a Will that eternally, insatiably seeks to be satisfied. Each human Subject observes the Objects around her from the perspective of that fundamental Will working within each person. The human observer is distracted by the details of life and individual distinctions that obscure this Will; only by penetrating this “principium individuationis” (which is enslaved by the cause-and-effect tyranny of the Principle of Sufficient Reason) can the observer perceive the essential Thing-In-Itself. Art has the power to make us see the Thing-In-Itself, the Platonic Idea freed from the individual particular manifestation of it, thus enabling us to transcend the individual Will and perceive something of true Reality. Perceiving the common Will in all humanity, we are able to come closer to an ego-less love based on that shared essence. Schopenhauer squarely faces the fact that existence is fundamentally suffering, but it would be simplistic to label him (as is so often done) as nothing but a pessimist. His affirmation of Art and Love is a transforming principle, having a powerful influence on writers such as Tolstoy. In the end, he chooses the Way of Negation as the path toward peace; by denying our Will, by silencing the many outbreaks of Will in our lives, we can approach the ultimate peace of annihilation that is the theme of the great Vedic philosophy of India, to which Schopenhauer admits his profound debt. ( summary by Expatriate)

Genre(s): Philosophy, Modern

Language: English

Group: Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Idea (Vol. 1-3)

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Play 01 Author's Preface, 1st Edition (1818) Expatriate
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Play 02 Author's Preface, 2nd Edition (1844) Expatriate
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Play 03 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (01-03) Expatriate
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Play 04 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (04) Expatriate
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Play 05 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (05) Expatriate
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Play 06 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (06) Expatriate
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Play 07 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (07a) Expatriate
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Play 08 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (07b) Expatriate
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Play 09 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (08) Expatriate
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Play 10 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (09a) Expatriate
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Play 12 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (10-12) Expatriate
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Play 13 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (13) Expatriate
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Play 14 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (14) Expatriate
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Play 15 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (15a) Expatriate
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Play 16 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (15b) Expatriate
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Play 17 Book I: The World As Idea, First Aspect (16) Expatriate
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Play 18 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (17) Expatriate
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Play 19 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (18) Expatriate
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Play 20 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (19) Expatriate
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Play 21 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (20) Expatriate
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Play 22 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (21-22) Expatriate
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Play 24 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (24) Expatriate
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Play 26 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (26a) Expatriate
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Play 27 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (26b) Expatriate
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Play 30 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (28) Expatriate
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Play 31 Book II: The World As Will, First Aspect (29) Expatriate
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Play 32 Book III: The World As Idea, Second Aspect (30-31) Expatriate
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Play 33 Book III: The World As Idea, Second Aspect (32-33) Expatriate
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Play 52 Book III: The World As Idea, Second Aspect (52) Expatriate
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Play 53 Book IV: The World As Will, Second Aspect (53) Expatriate
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Play 54 Book IV: The World As Will, Second Aspect (54) Expatriate
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Play 55 Book IV: The World As Will, Second Aspect (55a) Expatriate
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Play 64 Book IV: The World As Will, Second Aspect (62a) Expatriate
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Play 75 Book IV: The World As Will, Second Aspect (68d) Expatriate
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