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Schopenhauer's Life as Background to His Work

Bryan Magee

in The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237228
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191706233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237227.003.0001
Schopenhauer's Life as Background to His Work

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This chapter is a brief biography of Schopenhauer that provides the background for the presentation of his work that is to follow. Schopenhauer grew up knowing many eminent people, including Goethe, and wrote his masterpiece, The World as Will and Representation, while still in his twenties, yet his work was neglected until he reached his mid‐sixties. He sank into pessimism, isolation, and misanthropy for most of his adult life. But in his last six years he became internationally famous.

Keywords: fame; Goethe; misanthropy; neglect; pessimism; representation; Schopenhauer; The World as Will and Representation; world

Chapter.  12260 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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