In “On the Sufferings of the World” (), Schopenhauer boldly claims: “Unless suffering is the direct and immediate object of life, our. Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation When Schopenhauer says that all life is suffering he means that all life, that is, everything that. Editions. On the Suffering of the World . Arthur Schopenhauer · Paperback Throughout history, some books have changed the world.

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But this justification cannot apply to animals, whose sufferings, while in a great measure brought tge by men, are often considerable even apart from their agency. He went on to study Throughout history, some books have changed the world.

Would not a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation as to spare it the burden of existence? Without this [diversions] we should be in a state of weariness, and this weariness would spur us to seek a more solid means of escaping from it.

lecture: Schopenhauer on suffering

But in man reflection comes in, with all the emotions to which it gives rise; and taking up the same elements of pleasure and pain ths are common to him and the brute, it develops his susceptibility to happiness and misery to such a degree that, at one moment the man is brought in an instant to a state sufefrings delight that may even prove fatal, at another to the depths of despair and suicide.

Blood is pooling up out of your eye sockets and is pouring down each side of your face.

The brute flies from death instinctively without really knowing what it is, and therefore without ever contemplating it in the way natural to a man, who has this prospect always before his eyes. I shall be told, I suppose, that my philosophy is comfortless–because I speak the truth; and people prefer to be assured that everything the Lord has made is good.


If we carry our analysis a step farther, we shall find that, in order to increase his pleasures, man has intentionally added to the number and pressure of his needs, which in their original state were not much more difficult to satisfy than those of the brute.

Boredom is a form of suffering unknown to brutes, at any rate in their natural state; it is only schopenhaufr very cleverest of them who show faint traces of it when they are domesticated; whereas in the case of man it has become a downright scourge.

It is a fine thing to say defunctus est ; it means that the man has done his task. Dec 08, Burcu rated it liked it. If he has a soul above the common, or if he is a man of genius, he will occasionally feel like some noble prisoner of state, condemned to work in the galleys with common criminals; and he will follow his example and try to isolate himself.

How about thi Things Schopenhauer likes: Even though Leibnitz’ contention, that this is the best of all possible worlds, were correct, that would not justify God in having created it. And in the question between the affirmation and the denial of the will to live, Christianity is in the last resort right. The tricks were meant to be seen only once; and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone. Allied with this is the contrast between the Greek and the Christian idea of death.

Schopenhauer says it thus: I knew nothing of Schopenhauer when I started reading this and was hoping for some interesting insights into his original thinking.

His persuasion also relies too much on analogies, which whilst good at providing guidance to his th I knew nothing of Schopenhauer when I started reading this and was hoping for some interesting insights into his original thinking. Schopenhauer writes his expostulations in a series of numbered paragraphs. The piece on women is rather despicable even for someone like me who is personally not too worried about old men’s sexism, but merely critical at an intellectual level.


Although the book failed to sell, his belief in his own views sustained him through twenty-five years of frustrated desire for fame. But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole! There is nothing more certain than the general truth that it is the grievous sin of the world which has produced the grievous suffering of the world. It is a nice little collection of essays by Schopenhauer.

Go to the priests, then, and leave philosophers in peace!

Studies in Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer

This is the path of redemption from the evil of the world. If you try to imagine, as nearly as you can, what an amount of misery, pain and suffering of every kind the sun shines upon in its course, you will admit that it would be much better if, on the earth as little as on the moon, the sun were able to call forth the phenomena of life; and if, here as there, the surface were still in a crystalline state.

All is vanity, life is short and joy is fleeting. Al met scchopenhauer een goede bloemlezing uit de hoofdwerken van Schopenhauer, maar het geheel had wat mij betreft wel een ietwat flinkere opfrisbeurt mogen hebben. But that a God like Jehovah should have created this world of misery and woe, out of pure caprice, and because he enjoyed doing it, and should then have clapped his hands in praise of his own work, and declared everything to be very good–that will not do at all!

I think we’re going to have to drop this one and start a whole new topic. Apart from the central, melancholy inducing ideas, Suffeerings discusses the detrimental effects of 3.