Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) is to this day the most widely read philosopher in Germany. As the composer Richard Wagner also noted, with Schopenhauer one may finally give voice to the secretly held belief that the world is essentially bad. This blunt honesty is Schopenhauer's trademark. Perhaps no philosopher matches him in relating metaphysical speculation to the seemingly random events of everyday life. This volume includes Schopenhauer's most well-known and trenchant writings.
Wolfgang Schirmacher teaches at the New School for Social Research.