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Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

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Some wonderful Schopenhauerian prose from LibriVox, read by D.E. Wittkower. 1 On the Sufferings of the World 00:21 2 On the Vanity of Existence 33:58 3 On Suicide 46:44 4 Immortality: a Dialogue 1:00:55 5 Psychological Observations 1:12:10 6 On Education 2:04:43 7 Of Women 2:23:10 8 On Noise 2:59:35 9 A Few Parables 3:12:14
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Philosophy Overdose (1 year ago)
1 On the Sufferings of the World 00:21 2 On the Vanity of Existence 33:58 3 On Suicide 46:44 4 Immortality: a Dialogue 1:00:55 5 Psychological Observations 1:12:10 6 On Education 2:04:43 7 Of Women 2:23:10 8 On Noise 2:59:35 9 A Few Parables 3:12:14
The Late Bloomer (2 months ago)
Philosophy Overdose Dope!!
Miscellaneous Stuff (26 days ago)
Nothing is better than to sense a kindred spirit across the centuries. Reading/listening Schopenhauer I always have this feeling as if he is sitting down to tea with his reader.
Max Gron (1 month ago)
The arguments are wrong, the argumentations are wrong, misology in action.
bust nut (1 month ago)
this man was hurt real bad by a member of the female species
Max Gron (1 month ago)
Fuck this, reality must be accepted, and that's me not trolling. :)
Eddie Garcia (3 months ago)
Schopenhauer gives me ANXIETY!!!
James Nathaniel Holland (3 months ago)
Although a great philosopher and many things right about life, death, existence, etc. I think he missed the mark completely on women. Maybe it was what he observed in the early nineteenth century, but many women weren't even allowed to expressed their intellect or talent back then, so it was mere survival in a "man's" world to be "dissimulated." But a great reader and writer. Enjoyed it greatly, really touched me deeply.
Alfred Reithermann (2 months ago)
he changed his mind about women later in life,when he got to know one!
Tadgh Smith (3 months ago)
The narrator could do this for a living. His understanding of the material comes through in his voice and in turn makes it easier to understand.
The Late Bloomer (4 months ago)
Can listen to this all day any day
Matthew Shubin (4 months ago)
This all feels so familiar. An old friend. A sort of internal companionship. Listening to the audio is like my mind become its own identity and speaking to my existence. Or perhaps the other way. It also reminds of the long moments of guilt and worry while growing up with these sorts of thoughts. How others seem to constantly attempt persuading a more positive outlook.
nobsprepper (4 months ago)
This is Gold in a sea of dull noise.
joe bolan (10 months ago)
Great reader. Great writer.
Dusk Horizon (1 year ago)
May Be also interesting: Schopenhauer said, "The act of will and the action of the body are not two different states objectively known, connected by the bond of causality; they do not stand in the relation of cause and effect, but are one and the same thing, though given in two entirely different ways, first quite directly, and then in perception for the understanding." In other words, an act of will does not cause a physical action to take place. Rather, the act of will is the same thing as the physical action, just viewed from a different perspective. Schopenhauer's "will" is the will-to-exist, the will-to-live, the will-to-survive. It is a blind, irrational striving, driving forward relentlessly and forever, with no object other than to exist. In a sense, it manifests itself as a cosmic yearning, an unquenchable desire. Schopenhauer, a notorious pessimist, characterised it as evil. It leads, he said, to eternal, pointless existence that fights and struggles and wreaks misery in its desperation to continue to be. It contains no meaning whatever. Happiness, if it ever appears, is never anything other than fleeting, and quickly succumbs to fresh struggles and disappointments. Schopenhauer criticised science on the basis that it only ever gave us knowledge of one aspect of reality. We find out many things about the "outer" aspect of reality, but discover nothing about its inner character, which is why science seems so cold, clinical and sterile. It doesn't seem to answer any of the profound questions of existence because it is always standing on the outside. Illumination is about reconciling the outer with the inner, about revealing the science of the inner realm. This is a very different science from the conventional one and yet it is really just the same thing viewed from a radically different perspective. Atoms are too simple to manifest any behaviour that could be deemed purposeful. Although they have a mental aspect, they are not conscious. At such an elementary level, "will" cannot express itself meaningfully. It is potentiality rather than actuality. The physical aspect dominates the mental aspect. The laws of science rather than those of the mind are obeyed. At a certain point in evolution, there is a transition from dominance of the physical to that of the mental, from science to religion/philosophy, from objective to subjective, outer to inner, mechanistic laws to moral laws. Science is easier to study than the mental arena because it is objective rather than subjective. Primitive objects can't lie, dream, deceive, delude themselves, fantasise, choose, act irrationally: sophisticated minds can do all of those. The mental arena is unreliable in a way that the physical isn't, yet everything that constitutes the meaning of life lies in the mental arena and not in the physical. Nietzsche, an admirer of Schopenhauer's philosophy in his youth, argued that the will to live was really the will to power. He pointed out that animals, including humans, often risk their lives to gain more power. They would not do so if survival were their goal. The fight to gain power, risking death, can be more alluring than long life without power. Fear, In Nietzsche's view, is the feeling of the absence of power. Those animals, or humans, that fail to struggle for power lack will to power and hence lead fearful lives. Nietzsche, an opponent of dualism, said, "'Will' can of course operate only on 'will' - and not on 'matter' (not on 'nerves', for example - ): enough, one must venture the hypothesis that wherever 'effects' are recognised, will is operating upon will - and that all mechanical occurrences, in so far as a force is active in them, are force of will, effects of will For the full text see: http://bit.ly/2g7Xjt0 (Chapter 20: The Enigma of Existence)
jodawgsup (1 year ago)
Thanks a bunch for all of these videos. True gems.
Roberto Díaz (1 year ago)
Subtitles might be useful.
Philosophy Overdose (1 year ago)
Okay, I added them to the video.
Steven Steven (1 year ago)
The best of the best

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