Expanded Table of Contents for The World as Will and Representation: Volume I (Dover Edition)

  • May 31, 2010
  • James Skemp
The Dover Edition of The World as Will and Representation: Volume I, translated by E.F.J. Payne, suffers from a sparse table of contents, covering only the starting pages of the four books and the appendix (the index being contained in the second volume). To remedy this, I’ve presented below an expanded table of contents for this work. Expanded Table of Contents for Volume I Translator’s Introduction (v - xi) Preface to the First Edition (xii - xvii) Preface to the Second Edition (xviii - xxvii) Preface to the Third Edition (xxviii) Selected Bibliography (xxix - xxx) Contents, Volume I (xxxi) First Book: The World as Representation.

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Review: The World as Will and Presentation, Volume One

  • May 4, 2008
  • James Skemp
The following book review is for the Richard E. Aquila translation of Arthur Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Presentation, Volume One. A brief history of my previous experiences with Schopenhauer: I first read Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation (the Payne, definitive, translation) many years ago. I've also read a number of Schopenhauer's other works (mostly done by Payne) and have tried to pick up as many other works of his as I can.

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Errata for The World As Will and Presentation Volume One

  • April 29, 2008
  • James Skemp
Hello,  I noticed a very minor mistake in Volume One of The World As Will and Presentation, translated by Richard E. Aquila. I'm of the tech-industry now, where errata is a necessary evil, so ... I thought I'd point it out, just in case any other fixes need be made in later printings/editions.  On page 396, in the last sentence of the first full paragraph, we have this text: "Someone who is carried off as a captive by brigands, e.

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Schopenhauer's Prefaces to The World as Will and Representation

  • February 11, 2007
  • James Skemp

Arthur Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation (Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung) went through three editions in Schopenhauer's lifetime, and accordingly there are three prefaces, one for each edition. The first was written in 1818, the second in 1844, and the third in 1859.

Today I'll be looking at the preface of each of the three editions, and providing an analysis of what he has attempted to get across within each.

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Arthur Schopenhauer's books in Samtliche Werke

  • January 28, 2007
  • James Skemp

In this article, I'll be covering the five books that compose the German Sämtliche Werke, published by Suhrkamp.

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This could be a commercial (Schopenhauer)

  • September 1, 2006
  • James Skemp

Arthur Schopenhauer's Sämtliche Werke (5 paperbook collection)

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Holidays and birthdays

  • May 14, 2006
  • James Skemp
I've been thinking about the worth of a good deal of holidays, especially when it comes to gifts. This year, we're going to spend little - hopefully nothing - on Christmas, and more on birthdays. We're doing this for a number of reasons. First, Christmas time is a usually the worst time to be shopping, since it's so busy. Second, after doing all of that shopping, there's no time to enjoy either the season or the gifts.

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Arthur Schopenhauer's Principle of Sufficient Reason

  • June 1, 2005
  • James Skemp

Description: A brief article regarding Arthur Schopenhauer's principle of sufficient reason, discussed in his work On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason.

Created: January 21st - 22nd 2004
Modified: February 6th 2004; June 14th 2004; April 27th 2005; June 1st 2005

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English language books by or on Arthur Schopenhauer

  • February 2, 2005
  • James Skemp

If you’re going to read more on Arthur Schopenhauer, I suggest you start with his main works, followed by other primary resources (id est, books written by him), followed by secondary resources.

For ease, I’ve compiled a list of books currently available to the English language reader. Obviously, if you can read German, it makes little sense to purchase any of the translations, since the language the work was written in is better suited for Schopenhauer’s original thoughts.

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Schopenhauer's Relationship with Aesthetic Contemplation and Asceticism

  • October 22, 2003
  • James Skemp

Starting from the truth that "the world is my representation" [3], Arthur Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation lays down what Schopenhauer believes the world is. After determining that the world is not only representation, but also will, he goes on to discuss how this all works together, and how other philosophers work into this system. For this paper, I will be focusing on the relationship between aesthetic contemplation and asceticism within this work.

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