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Author: Barbara Hannan
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 25, 2009)
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This is a well written little about about Schopenhauer's philosophy, the implications it has for living in the world today, and his legacy on other thinkers, particularly Wittgenstein.

This is a well written little about about Schopenhauer's philosophy, the implications it has for living in the world today, and his legacy on other thinkers, particularly Wittgenstein. The author sets aside a number of pages for criticizing Schopenhauer and his forebears, namely Kant and Berkeley. This is fine for an academic work on the philosopher.

Schopenhauer is an overlooked philosopher I think a more in-depth discussion of Schopenhauer's life, maybe dipping into Helen Zimmern's 1876 biography of Schopenhauer, would have been helpful

Schopenhauer is an overlooked philosopher. He's not a rigorous thinker in the analytic sense, but his critiques of Kant's metaphysics and moral theory are insightful and his theory of the will is historically crucial to the development of Nietzsche and Freud. I think a more in-depth discussion of Schopenhauer's life, maybe dipping into Helen Zimmern's 1876 biography of Schopenhauer, would have been helpful. As it is, it's a relatively easy-to-read introduction that does a good job of focusing on what is most influential and insightful in Schopenhauer.

Schopenhauer is an overlooked philosopher This is a well written little about about Schopenhauer's philosophy, the implications it has for living in the world today, and his legacy on other thinkers, particularly.

Schopenhauer is an overlooked philosopher. Wittgenstein is also visibly influenced by Schophenhauer, particularly in the later, more mystical-sounding propositions of the Tractatus. This is a well written little about about Schopenhauer's philosophy, the implications it has for living in the world today, and his legacy on other thinkers, particularly Wittgenstein.

This book is an introduction to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, written in a personal style. Another aim is to increase general appreciation of Schopenhauer’s subliminal influence on other much-studied thinkers. I aim to connect Schopenhauer’s ideas with ongoing debates in philosophy and to invite readers to tackle Schopenhauer’s work on their own. For example, I see many scholars nowadays working on Wittgenstein. While these scholars may be dimly aware that Schopenhauer was an influence on their subject, most of them seem never to have actually read Schopenhauer.

This book is an introduction to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, written in a lively, personal style. In addition to providing a useful summary of Schopenhauer's main ideas, Hannan connects Schopenhauer's thought with ongoing debates in philosophy. According to Hannan, Schopenhauer was struggling half-consciously to break altogether with Kant and transcendental idealism; the anti-Kantian.

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A Reconsideration of Schopenhauer's Philosophy. Books related to The Riddle of the World. Hannan also defends Schopenhauer's ethics of compassion against Kant's ethics of pure reason, and offers friendly amendments to Schopenhauer's theories of art, music, and "salvation. She also illuminates the deep connection between Schopenhauer and the early Wittgenstein, as well as Schopenhauer's influence on existentialism and psychoanalytic thought.

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This book is an introduction to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, written in a lively, personal style. Hannan emphasizes the peculiar inconsistencies and tensions in Schopenhauer's thought--he was torn between idealism and realism, and between denial and affirmation of the individual will. In addition to providing a useful summary of Schopenhauer's main ideas, Hannan connects Schopenhauer's thought with ongoing debates in philosophy. According to Hannan, Schopenhauer was struggling half-consciously to break altogether with Kant and transcendental idealism; the anti-Kantian features of Schopenhauer's thought possess the most lasting value. Hannan defends panpsychist metaphysics of will, comparing it with contemporary views according to which causal power is metaphysically basic. Hannan also defends Schopenhauer's ethics of compassion against Kant's ethics of pure reason, and offers friendly amendments to Schopenhauer's theories of art, music, and "salvation." She also illuminates the deep connection between Schopenhauer and the early Wittgenstein, as well as Schopenhauer's influence on existentialism and psychoanalytic thought.
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Jaiarton
Schopenhauer is an overlooked philosopher. He's not a rigorous thinker in the analytic sense, but his critiques of Kant's metaphysics and moral theory are insightful and his theory of the will is historically crucial to the development of Nietzsche and Freud. Wittgenstein is also visibly influenced by Schophenhauer, particularly in the later, more mystical-sounding propositions of the Tractatus. On top of all that, he's readable, as 19th century German philosophers go.

Hannan's book is meant as a personal perspective on Schopenhauer. She says early on in the book that she is drawn to Schopenhauer's pessimism, in particular. And she plays at the edges of psychological discussion of the roots of her own and Schophenhauer's pessimism. I think a more in-depth discussion of Schopenhauer's life, maybe dipping into Helen Zimmern's 1876 biography of Schopenhauer, would have been helpful.

As it is, it's a relatively easy-to-read introduction that does a good job of focusing on what is most influential and insightful in Schopenhauer.
Niwield
The Riddle of The World by Barbara Hannan is subtitled a reconsideration of Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophy. Schopenhauer is currently out of fashion and has been for some time. His vogue hit its peak in the late decades of the nineteenth century among the aesthetes and decadents who found Schopenhauer's philosophical "pessimism" congenial to their sometimes doom-laden outlooks (remember the turn of the millennium?)These readers included Wagner and Nietzsche who helped bring Schopenhauer out of the oblivion into which he and his works had fallen. He did live long enough to see interest in his work return to European culture, but he never did like Wagner's music. Hannan's book does link Schopenhauer to current trends in postmodern thought, though I found the personal note she strikes in the book, and strikes often, affecting and effective. Her own journey in dialogue and initially, rejection, of Schopenhauer is an at once disarming and helpful perspective. In the light of Schopenhauer's notorious misogyny, Hannan charitably suggests that that is the result of his desire for women but rejection by them, ie the cri de coeur of the wounded romantic. Hannan makes cogent critical remarks when it comes to the more logically dubious parts of Schopenhauer's "system" with its many aporias. However, system-building was not what Schopenhauer was about, and one of his perennial targets was the great systematizer Hegel. The interesting contradictions that Hannan locates and explicates only deepened my appreciation for Schopenhauer, and in many ways he does anticipate post modern thought, and given the limitations of the science of his day (his major work written prior to Darwin),Schopenhauer always surprises by his scientific prescience. We know that he was up to date in his day and in many ways ahead of his time.
The Riddle of The World rekindles interest in the Symbolistes' favorite philosopher, who provided the foundation for Nietzsche's development of the philosophy of Will.
Ishnllador
A very thoughtful, personal and readable treatment of Schopenhauer's philosophy written by a working contemporary philosopher.
Tenius
This is a well written little about about Schopenhauer's philosophy, the implications it has for living in the world today, and his legacy on other thinkers, particularly Wittgenstein.

However, I would not buy this book as an introduction to Schopenhauer's philosophy. The author sets aside a number of pages for criticizing Schopenhauer and his forebears, namely Kant and Berkeley. This is fine for an academic work on the philosopher. But the detail the author goes into, in addition to the criticism, assumes at least some prior knowledge of S's ideas not appropriate for an introductory-level text.

As an introduction, like many, I would recommend starting with Magee's.
FEISKO
This is a great explanation of Schopenhauer's work. Next step: read the works themselves. You won't be sorry. You will never forget the end of the "Fourth Book."
Zut
While the riddle of the world may not be solved, the book, "The Riddle of the World, A Reconsideration of Schopenhauer's Philosophy" by Barbara Hannan goes along way to map out what the answer will be. This is a book I enjoyed reading. It's cleaness and clarity was a refreshing break from the usual academic effort.

Ms Hannan begins with Schopenhauer's central ideas, then proceeds inward to the core of his writings by discussing in turn, his main themes, identified as transcendental idealism, panpsychism, determinism, morality, art and music. She finishes with what I consider the grand chapter, entitled, "Pessimism, Depression and Salvation". This chapter is where Ms Hannan shines. She has done what most writers have only dreamed of doing, she has brought Schopenhauer out of his single apartment into the group life of the individual trying to survive in a suffering filled world. And she has done so in a way that one is handed a bright hope for the future. In her own words, "(Schopenhauer) shows us that we can save ourselves by becoming, and expressing, who we are. We can do this, and find joy in doing it, even in this 'worst of all possible worlds.' Thank-you Barbara, your book has made my day.