17 June 2008
SCHOPENHAUER, Arthur (1788-1860). Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1819.
8o (197 x 118 mm). Folding table opposite page 73 and several diagrams in text. (Some light browning.) Contemporary German boards (some rubbing and wear); red half morocco slipcase. Provenance: Breslau University Library (old ink stamp on verso of title).
THE PHILOSOPHY OF PESSIMISM
FIRST EDITION OF SCHOPENHAUER'S PRINCIPAL WORK, "The World as Will and Idea," in which he formulates a pessimistic philosophy, that had the greatest influence on modern thinking. "The notions which had been forming in his mind about man's nature and destiny now found expression, and the conviction that scientific explanation could never do more than systematize and classify the appearances which we call reality led him to assert that it is the will and the passions which are the real determinants of all intellectual life. He was studied by Wagner and Neitzsche, both of whom paid tribute to the influence he had on them; and Herbert Spencer did much to spread the knowledge of his theories" (PMM 279). Hübscher Schopenhauer-Bibliographie 10.
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