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Schopenhauer : A Biography - David Edgar Cartwright


A Biography


Published: 30th April 2010
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Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was one of the most original and provocative thinkers of the nineteenth century. He spent a lifetime striving to understand the meaning of living in a world where suffering and death are ubiquitous. In his quest to solve "the ever-disquieting riddle of existence," Schopenhauer explored almost every dimension of human existence, developing a darkly compelling worldview that found deep resonance in contemporary literature, music, philosophy, and psychology. This is the first comprehensive biography of Schopenhauer written in English. Placing him in his historical and philosophical contexts, David E. Cartwright tells the story of Schopenhauer's life to convey the full range of his philosophy. He offers a fully documented portrait in which he explores Schopenhauer's fractured family life, his early formative influences, his critical loyalty to Kant, his personal interactions with Fichte and Goethe, his ambivalent relationship with Schelling, his contempt for Hegel, his struggle to make his philosophy known, and his reaction to his late-arriving fame. The Schopenhauer who emerges in this biography is the complex author of a philosophy that had a significant influence on figures as diverse as Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Emile Durkheim, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Hardy, Thomas Mann, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

'Dozens more biographies have appeared ... but David Cartwright's is the most thorough by far.' The Times Literary Supplement
'Cartwright does not shy away from presenting Schopenhauer's flaws as well as his good points ... Perhaps the most attractive features of Schopenhauer are his passion for the truth, his hatred of obscurantism, and the grace, humor, and clarity of his writing. Cartwright's biography honors its subject by sharing in all these virtues.' Journal of the History of Philosophy

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Notes on the Textp. xv
Chronology of Schopenhauer's Life and Worksp. xix
The Affirmation of the Willp. 1
A Tour for a Tradep. 34
A Father's Death; A Philosopher's Birthp. 85
The University Yearsp. 137
The Better Consciousness, Causes, Grounds, and Confrontationsp. 180
Goethe, Colors, and Eastern Lightsp. 239
The Single Thought of Dresdenp. 277
Failure in Berlinp. 236
Ich Bin Kein Berlinerp. 402
The Frankfurt Philosopherp. 466
The Dawn of Fame and the End of Lifep. 524
Works Citedp. 549
Indexp. 565
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ISBN: 9780521825986
ISBN-10: 0521825989
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 30th April 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.95