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  • Schopenhauer, Arthur 1788-1860. German philosopher who believed that the will is the fundamental reality to which all knowledge and reason are subject, that following its dictates leads to illusion and suffering, and that the goal of the good life is its extinction.

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  • n. German pessimist philosopher (1788-1860)

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  • It is a long step both in time and in thought from Behmen to SCHOPENHAUER; but, speaking of one of Schelling's books, Schopenhauer says that it is all taken from Jacob

    Jacob Behmen an appreciation

  • Schopenhauer is a pessimist consciously, you, unconsciously; and you have both missed the living value of your facts.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • An essentialist, necessitarian, and neo-Stoic pessimist, Schopenhauer is quick to separate his inquiry from theories of "liberty" and "rights," which "only refers to an ability, that is, precisely to the absence of physical obstacles to the actions of the animal" (Schopenhauer 4).

    The Melancholic Gift: Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Fiction

  • I think it's interesting to contemplate the wisdom of a more misanthropic approach, of which Schopenhauer is a dramatic example.

    The Status-tician

  • Irreducible to logical propositions and irrefutable in ways that discursive representation can never be, the aesthetic idea, as conceived by Schopenhauer, is prima facie a presence: embodied, material, and irreducibly "sonorous."

    The Voice of Critique: Aesthetic Cognition After Kant,

  • In the same essay from which the last sentence is quoted, James points out that the chief and primary function of the intellect is to bring practical results to pass; to answer the question, 'What is to be done?' and says, 'It was a deep instinct in Schopenhauer which led him to reinforce his pessimistic argumentation by a running volley of invective against the practical man and his requirements.

    William James

  • "suffering," finds its roots in Schopenhauer's reception of Buddhism:

    Enlightenment East and West: An Introduction to Romanticism and Buddhism

  • You paraphrase Schopenhauer's idea that "nothing could more quickly correct the desire to be liked by others than a brief investigation into those others 'true characters," which are "for the most part excessively brutish and stupid."

    The Status-tician

  • At this point, von Hartmann, who may fairly be called Schopenhauer's pupil, takes up the tale.

    A Handbook of Ethical Theory

  • Logorrhea, to paraphrase Schopenhauer, needs a cure, not a refutation.

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