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 (shō′pən-hou′ər), Arthur 1788-1860.
German philosopher who believed that the will is the reality to which all knowledge and reason are subject, that following its dictates leads to illusion and suffering, and that the goal of the good life is its extinction.


(German ˈʃoːpənhauər)
(Biography) Arthur (ˈartʊr). 1788–1860, German pessimist philosopher. In his chief work, The World as Will and Idea (1819), he expounded the view that will is the creative primary factor and idea the secondary receptive factor
Schopenhauerian adj
ˈSchopenˌhauerˌism n


(ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊ ər)

Arthur, 1788–1860, German philosopher.
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His creed of determinism was such that it almost amounted to a vice, and quite amounted, on its negative side, to a renunciative philosophy which had cousinship with that of Schopenhauer and Leopardi.
Kuno Fischer was then at the height of his fame and during the winter had been lecturing brilliantly on Schopenhauer.
He'll talk Nietzsche, or Schopenhauer, or Kant, or anything, but the only thing in this world, not excepting Mary, that he really cares for, is his monism.
He kept a summer cottage in Mill Valley, under the shadow of Mount Tamalpais, and never occupied it except when he loafed through the winter mouths and read Nietzsche and Schopenhauer to rest his brain.
Of late in Moscow and in the country, since he had become convinced that he would find no solution in the materialists, he had read and reread thoroughly Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Schelling, Hegel, and Schopenhauer, the philosophers who gave a non-materialistic explanation of life.
At one time, reading Schopenhauer, he put in place of his will the word love, and for a couple of days this new philosophy charmed him, till he removed a little away from it.
It is correct to say that Schopenhauer "saw music and the cosmos as unmediated representations of the Will," but Schopenhauer's idea is in no way "remarkably close to Pythagoreanism" (p.
For instance, while Hintikka uses Hamlet merely as an arbitrary example, Schopenhauer endorses Hamlet's view of oblivion as a "consummation / Devoutly to be wish'd.
Such philosophical luminaries as Leibniz, Grotius, Pufendorf, Schopenhauer, and Heidegger, all found cite him Francisco Suarez as a source of inspiration and influence with respect to their own works.
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once summed it all when he said that health is not everything, but everything is nothing without health.
He was encouraged in this habit by the philosophers he read, especially by the example of Schopenhauer.
The excavation will thus begin with a consideration of the Platonic bedrock of Western philosophy emphasising Plato's archaic spiritualism--before moving on to Nietzsche's recent followers, and then to a consideration of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.