Of the great thinkers who created modernity—Darwin, Freud, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche—Arthur Schopenhauer is the least well known in America. And yet his thoughts about the place of humankind in the universe, the nature of life, and ethics profoundly shaped many of the great writers, artists, and thinkers of the twentieth century. In the last few decades his work has emerged into renewed prominence in the English-speaking world. His sense of the reality of power in human affairs, the cruelty of nature, the irrationality of human behavior, the inescapable sex drive, and the absurd way we treat each other make his view of te world a bracing addition to the way we now think about the world. In this Delve seminar, we will read many of Schopenhauer’s essays about daily life and morality. Gracefully written and bitingly sarcastic, they are a non-technical introduction to his ideas through his observations on life as we encounter it in our daily lives, exploring our habits and follies in every sphere of personal and social experience.
Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms (Penguin Classics)
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