Arthur Schopenhauer's magnum opus, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung [The World as Will and Representation], was published by the time he was thirty years old. Although it is now among the most acclaimed philosophical texts of the nineteenth century, at the time of its first publication it was virtually ignored. This was, in part, a result of the book's originality; for like the wilful character of its author, this unique work eludes categorization. Schopenhauer's maverick approach to philosophy and his disdain for what he considered the long-winded tendencies of his contemporaries, the German Idealists, lend his work a refreshing and authentic, rugged simplicity. The World as Will and Representation also …
Wood, Kelsey. "Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2004; last revised 30 November -1.
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