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I'll admit that I have the same kind of perverse fascination with Western philosophers and their (mostly) impenetrably written, and questionably translated, works that most people exude while passing horrific car crashes. But like most people who love a good peak at a roadside massacre, I don't have a Ballardian impulse to be a part of the collision itself. In other words, I don't really know if I want to go slogging through thousand page tomes of someone else's obtuse opinions...but goddamn if
I needed a quick introduction to Schopenhauer but this book gave me more of a chronology of his life and some quotes from him, not much substantive information on his philosophy.
More less a biography of Schopenhauer
Short and to the point. This series of philosophy acts as more of an introduction to the various philosophers with Paul Strathern's interpretations and commentary of their work. It contains very little actual excerpts from the work. It is very watered down and this will only get your 'feet wet' to the world of philosophy. Nevertheless, it is a good review and he does cover some relevant biographical contexts. I wish Paul would have spent more time on the actual work, rather than his interpretati...
Finally, a philosopher that Strathern actually likes. Schopenhauer's atheism and bleak view of our meaningless and evil world was obviously very refreshing to Strathern, and no wonder either, the poor author had to write several 90 minute books about theist with there silly notions of a universe with purpose.
This is one of the better volumes in the Philosophers in 90 Minutes series, because author Paul Strathern here limits his bias toward the philosopher being explained, which sometimes poses a distraction. It did tell me what I was interested in knowing about Schopenhauer, his philosophy, and what influenced it.
Did not finish. Couldn't get into it.
Arrogant, misogynistic, debauched and depressive, Schopenhauer is a difficult figure to admire. Yet, cited by the giants of twentieth century thinking, he cannot be ignored.This book gives us plenty of details about Schopenhauer’s unpleasant character. Jealous of his mother’s literary success he constantly bickered with her. He prowled theatres picking up prostitutes, and ran away from pregnancies. He responded to one critic of his appetites, ‘Yes I eat three times as much as you, but that’s bec...
I got more of Schopenhauer in this 90 minute gloss than I did in a semester-long undergraduate Intro to Philosophy course at a Jesuit University.It’s a good departure point for further exploration if one is so inclined. It’s odd how the same mind can conjure such bright and exacting views on existence and still have room for misogyny, racism, and anti-semitism. It’s a good introduction that doesn’t really touch on much of the latter, but the older I get the harder it is to parse and rationalize
This was a nice overview with just enough snark!
A short book about the life of Schopenhauer. I got it on a whim and had a great time with it.
It's not as attractive as I wish.
“Money is human happiness in theory. Anyone who is no longer capable of actual happiness, longs for money.” -Arthur Schopenhauer
Trying something to listen to on my walk. Nice biography but not great for learning his philosophy. Hell, it’s 90mins what can you do?
I just read it because I have focused on Schopenhauer and read whatever I found.
Maybe the author was trying to be witty but it reads more like a high school grade paper, too much biography and not enough philosophy.
--- This is not a review ---(Just writing down points in an attempt to remember better)Schopenhauer: Had a Poodle named Atman (the world soul in Hindu mythology)He was into Buddhism. Wanted to create solution to suffering. Will to Life is dum and not aware of itself, but still the most strongest force. Will tricks us to have children. "After copulation you can hear the devil's laughter."We think we are here to be happy, that is a big error. Buddhist monks are rare breed, so we more normal should...
We should stop reading these stopgaps and plunge right into Schopenhauer. But you go first.
Arthur Schopenhauer is a largely forgotten philosopher these days, which is a tad surprising considering his sarcastic and pessimistic tone would likely go over well with modern readers. His ideas about suffering arising from frustrated will were influenced by reading a possibly poor translation of the Upanishads, but Schopenhauer was more bitter Old Testament prophet than Buddha. He was a racist and a sexist, but he was also a nineteenth century German intellectual so what did you expect? He wa...
It took longer than 90 minutes. Don't you hate it when you read two opposing things that each make perfect sense. it sounds perfectly logical in your head that they can both be true, but when you try to explain it out loud, you get eaten alive because 2 opposing things can't both be true. Can too. In philosphy, that is. Philosophy isn't simple because life, people, and our perceptions aren't. Philosophers take things that are already true, already exist, and are somewhat known (sub)consciously,
This book has served as my introduction to Schopenhauer, so I can't vouch for the fairness or otherwise of its representation of his life & ideas.I can say, though, that it is written with clarity and conciseness, and that I have come away - yes, in an hour - with what I trust is the beginning of a working knowledge of the Will and Representation.Paul Strathern's tone might be described as ... wry? This is leavening, sometimes amusing, and sometimes, perhaps, a little irritating: I wonder does h...
A really successful attempt by Strathern. Schopenhauer definitely laid some serious new groundwork for a lot of aggressive and often pessimistic thinkers. Even though it may seem at odds with most of my personal beliefs, I appreciate a lot of what he had to say, though perhaps I arrive at few of his conclusions. His mystical atheist solipsism proved a more benign forebear of much diverse and troubling thinking to come, but I feel like there are many valid frustrations and connections made in his...
Like most entries in the Philosophers in 90 Minutes series by Paul Strathern, this is a very good introduction to one of western philosophy's greatest thinkers. Personally, I find Schopenhauer's ideas to be fascinating and is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to read, or read /about/ in this case.
This 90-minutes series is consistently enlightening, concise, and just humorous enough to amuse without it being at the expense of the material. Schopenhauer's philosophy presumes a universal Will that it is indifferent to humanity. Since it operates without regard to morality, it destroys human good.
Eh... These Paul Strathern books offer more history than philosophy and should be called "XYZ's Biography in 90 Minutes", but they are insightful if you have an interest in philosophy. This one is particularly interesting as Strathern seems to really love Schopenhauer: his text speaks with the tone of a corporate butt kisser.
our WILL is world and can never be fulfilledwitty pessimist - discarding othersContains a biography which was interesting, and some quotes and lines from his work along with a philosophy time-out. Does fit him into the overall body of philosophy.
I listened to the audio-book of this three times (approx. 4 hrs.)I read the Wikipedia page for Arthur Schopenhauer (approx. 25 mins.)The Wikipedia page taught me more.
I love this series. Strathern delivers a pithy summary of the important dates and details, along with anecdotes and historical context, a timeline, and more. Great series, especially taken together as a long book of great thought and biography.
When one reads Strathern really matters. This time I was totally ready for a breezy take on a figure, with smart-assery in no short supply. Yes, it is far to light on Schopenhauer's actual philosophy to serve as a valuable primer, but it is a fun read that does service to the man.