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Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions

By (author) Christopher Janaway
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 21st Feb 2002
Dimensions: w 98mm h 177mm d 14mm
Weight: 140g
ISBN-10: 0192802593
ISBN-13: 9780192802590
Barcode No: 9780192802590
Synopsis
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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an excellent brief introduction to Schopenhauer's thought - well-written, concise, and pitched at just the right level. * Christopher Norris, University of Wales *