Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy

Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy

Rüdiger Safranski

"The definitive Schopenhauer biography of our time: it is a love letter to philosophy." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

To mark the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the philosopher’s death on the 21st of September 2010: the only available edition of Rüdiger Safranski‘s celebrated book, the "most comprehensive and knowledgeable Schopenhauer biography" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Why is it that this philosopher, who was branded a pessimist after he mapped out a sceptical worldview in the middle of the dawn of German Idealism, holds such fascination for us today? Born in Danzig (today Gdansk), he grew up in Hamburg, and met the elderly Goethe in Weimar, where his domineering mother hosted regular literary salons. He went on to study in the Berlin of Hegel, Fichte and Schleiermacher, and wrote his major opus The World as Will and Representation in Dresden. He spent the second half of his life in Frankfurt, where he penned the more easily accessible Parerga und Paralipomena. His work
was not to be truly appreciated until much later: his admirers ranged from Wagner and Nietzsche to Thomas Mann and Proust, all the way to Sartre and Beckett. Rüdiger Safranski keeps the reader captivated as he tells us how Schopenhauer came up with his philosophy and what, in turn, this philosophy made of him.

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