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World as Will and Idea, Vol. 2 of 3

Arthur Schopenhauer

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. ( Expatriate)

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. ( Expatriate)
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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. ( Expatriate)

Language:

English

Narrators:

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Length:

18h 53m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

23:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

20:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

20:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

17:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

27:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

29:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

15:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

17:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

24:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

19:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

23:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

19:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

27:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

23:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

18:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

22:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

21:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

24:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

19:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

16:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

16:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

15:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

20:57