Art art arthur controversy controversy essay schopenhauer

arthur schopenhauer

He is best known for his work The World as Will and Representation expanded inwherein he characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind and insatiable metaphysical will.

Say, as Themistocles said to Eurybiades — Strike, but hear me. When you have elicited all your premisses, and your opponent has admitted them, you must refrain from asking him for the conclusion, but draw it at once for yourself; nay, even though one or other of the premisses should be lacking, you may take it as though it too had been admitted, and draw the conclusion.

The instance is a case in which a universal truth is sought to be applied, and something is inserted in the fundamental definition of it which is not universally true, and by which it is upset. To show that your objection is an idle one, would require a long explanation on the part of your opponent, and a reference to the principles of the branch of knowledge in question, or to the elements of the matter which you are discussing; and people are not disposed to listen to it.

In talking of philosophy, I admitted that my system upheld the Quietists, and commended them. That we should regard as a matter of no moment, or, at any rate, of very secondary consequence; but, as things are, it is the main concern. The fate of the person represented in them is felt in just the same fashion as our own: we await the development of events with anxiety; we eagerly follow their course; our hearts quicken when the hero is threatened; our pulse falters as the danger reaches its acme, and throbs again when he is suddenly rescued.

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The Art of Controversy: Arthur Schopenhauer by Erminia Passannanti