Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Schopenhauer in just one hour.
Arthur Schopenhauer, the 'philosopher of pessimism,' makes it clear that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. However, if the world is indifferent to our fate it doesn't thwart us deliberately - its façade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the universal Will. He saw this as a force that is blind and without purpose, bringing on all our misery and suffering. Schopenhauer taught that our only hope is to liberate ourselves from the terrible power of the Will and from the trappings of individualism and egoism that are at its mercy.
This audiobook is an expert account of Schopenhauer's life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Schopenhauer's work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Schopenhauer in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
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The audio has the advantage of being delivered by an accomplished orator. A really enjoyable listen.
Can't pick out one bit. The whole experience was like wading through a swimming pool of miserable treacle. Schopenhauer is so miserable, so fatalistic and misanthropic I needed to take a shower after having listened to his analysis, lest I become infected with his pessimism. Despite the depression, I strangely enjoyed myself.
His delivery is perfect. It felt like he was talking just to me about someone he actually knew on personal terms.
Disgusted but educated.
Schopenhauer is a pessimistic old soul, but we can at least thank him for giving birth to psychoanalysis. Freud, often cited as the originator behind the idea of the subconscious, can thank this wild-haired German philosopher for asserting the notion with his idea of world as representation and will. Freud definitely read Schopenhauer and would have been fascinated by his licentious lifestyle and his odd relationship with his father who committed suicide long before the thinker flourished.
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