Translator's Note Preface Book One The Warehouse Island Life and Le Havre The Mountains and the Counting-House A Father's Ghost Weimar The Outsider Between Plato and Kant Fichte and the Ego The 'Better Consciousness' Philosophy at Arms Book Two The Thinker Without a Stage Return to Weimar Goethe The Will as the 'Thing in Itself' The World as Will and Representation The Great No First Italian Journey The Unattended Lecturer Disappointment in Berlin Flight from Berlin On the Will in Nature The Mystery of Freedom The Mountain Comes to the Prophet The Comedy of Fame Chronology Editions of Schopenhauer's Works, Sources, Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index
This biography succeeds admirably in placing Schopenhauer and his work in the varied milieux appropriate to them. The intellectual scene in Europe changed greatly during Schopenhauer's working lifetime, and Safranski is excellent at conveying the atmosphere of the different places and periods...The considerable learning which enables Safranski to put all this together is quite unobtrusive. The style throughout is brisk and keeps the reader's attention...It is a book the literate public will read with enjoyment. -- J. B. Schneewind, Johns Hopkins University
Rudiger Safranski studies German, philosophy, and history in Frankfurt and Berlin. He has worked in adult education and was copublisher of the magazine Berlin Hefte. He is also the author of a widely acclaimed biography of E.T.A. Hoffman. Ewald Osers is the distinguished translator of numerous works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from German and Czech, including the correspondence of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a contemporary of the great German philosophers Kant, Fichte, and Hegel, who broke from the ideological traditions of his day to espouse a unique doctrine of pessimism and individualism. His writings represent an almost Romantic counterpoint to the abstract system-building that culminated in the work of Hegel. Safranski's comprehensive biography of this complex and fascinating man unfolds within a richly detailed portrayal of German literary and intellectual life in the 19th century. This lively blend of biography and historical narrative makes it an excellent choice for interesed general readers as well as serious students of philosophy. This book is sure to become a standard work on Schopenhauer and is highly recommended.--Raymond Frey, Bergen Community Coll., Paramus, N.J.
An impeccably documented and evenhanded biography of the brilliant, bad-tempered philosopher...Mr. Safranski's book is delightful...with lively social histories of Danzig, Hamburg, Weimar, Dresden and Frankfurt; and lengthy, relevant excursions into the philosophies of Kant, Fichte, Hegel and the Romantics, among others. -- Diane Weber Washington Times [This book] will be the Schopenhauer biography of our time. Die Ziet Safranski's intelligent, informative, and comprehensive biography is the most complete and detailed account of the pained and paradoxical life of Arthur Schopenhauer. This [is a] sensitive, incisive, and in-depth study...Safranski's polished work is a biographer's biography, highly recommended to anyone interested in a stark and edifying vision of human existence and the man whose passionate and paradoxical life contradicted the oriental serenity he prescribed. Choice This biography by Rudiger Safranski is marvelously full of detail and texture. He is completely at home in that fragmented world of German literary sub-culture. -- Noel Malcolm Spectator Safranski's comprehensive biography of this complex and fascinating man unfolds within a richly detailed portrayal of German literary and intellectual life in the nineteenth century. This lively blend of biography and historical narrative makes it an excellent choice for interested general readers as well as serious students of philosophy. This book is sure to become a standard work on Schopenhauer. -- Raymond Frey Library Journal