3 July 2007
SCHOPENHAUER, Arthur (1788-1860). Autograph letter signed ('Arthur Schopenhauer') to David Asher, Frankfurt-am-Main, 12 November 1856, 3½ pages, 4to, bifolium.
ON THE RECEPTION OF HIS WORK. Schopenhauer is delighted at the news of two theology students who have won prizes for studies of his work, but reassures Asher that no one had matched his exposition of its essence: 'so Viele auch schon über meine Philosophie geschrieben haben, doch Keiner das eigentliche Grundverdienst der selben so deutlich u. bestimmt hervorgehoben hat, wie Sie in Ihrem Aufsatz über meine Musik, S.190, 191 -- Dies ist keine Schmeichelei ...'; he is pleased too to hear that Asher is to publish on his theory of priority, and points him to a useful reference in the Parerga, complaining at accusations that he derives his position from that of F.W.J. Schelling -- most recently expressed by C.H. Weisse, who is motivated however by animus after an unsuccessful visit to Schopenhauer a few years previously. Meanwhile, 'Cornill' has written a fairly positive book, but he is let down by his lack of knowledge, especially of Kant: 'Cornills Buch ist keineswegs boshaft: er sagte mir sogar viel Gutes nach. Aber der gute Mensch hat nichts gelernt u. darum versteht er wenig. Er hat gar keine Kantische Philosophie inne, spricht daher als unschuldiger, naiver Realist.'
Published in the Correspondence, ed. A. Hõbscher, no. 628.
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