Arthur Schopenhauer: Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung [The World as Will and Idea]

(116 words)

This first English translation (by R. B. Haldane and J. Kemp) of Schopenhauer's work had a considerable impact on contemporary writers, notably on Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad who found in Schopenhauer's view of the human will as essentially evil a confirmation of their own pessimistic views of human nature. The spirit of this pessimism is caught in Conrad's epigraph to his story 'An Outcast of the Islands' which comes from Calderon (q.v.) via Schophenhauer: ?For man's greatest offense is that he has been born?. For further information see Arthur Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung [The World as Will and Idea], The Literary Encyclopedia profile by …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.