Arthur Schopenhauer

Rodney F. Taylor
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Schopenhauer's philosophy begins with Berkeley's dictum that sensible reality is an object for consciousness: “

esse est percipi

”, to be is to perceive, from which it follows that “the world is my Idea”. His magnum opus,

Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung


The World as Will and Idea

], is among humanity's supreme achievements. A literary work of art, the treatise is an ontology, or theory of being, which encompasses an epistemology, a Platonic aesthetic and a Buddhist ethic. Schopenhauer's book epitomizes the ancient tradition of Wisdom Philosophy, for it elaborates a metaphysic of spiritual freedom illuminating the soul's way to salvation. The impact of Schopenhauer's philosophy was immense, encompassing such diverse movements as the theory of organic evolution, Wagnerian opera,…

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Citation: Taylor, Rodney F.. "Arthur Schopenhauer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2004 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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