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Schopenhauer: Parerga and Paralipomena
Short Philosophical Essays

Volume 1


Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer

  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316616420

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  • With the publication of the Parerga and Paralipomena in 1851, there finally came some measure of the fame that Schopenhauer thought was his due. Described by Schopenhauer himself as 'incomparably more popular than everything up till now', the Parerga is a miscellany of essays addressing themes that complement his work The World as Will and Representation, along with more divergent, speculative pieces. It includes his 'Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life', reflections on fate and clairvoyance, trenchant views on the philosophers and universities of his day, and an enlightening survey of the history of philosophy. The present volume offers a new translation, a substantial introduction explaining the context of the essays, and extensive editorial notes on the different published versions of the work. This readable and scholarly edition will be an essential reference for those studying Schopenhauer, the history of philosophy, and nineteenth-century German philosophy.

    • A new, up-to-date translation of this historically important collection of essays
    • Includes a substantial introduction to the work
    • Provides scholarly notes on differences between editions
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316616420
    • length: 522 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface
    Editorial notes and references
    Notes on text and translation
    Parerga and Paralipomena: Volume 1
    Sketch of a history of the doctrine of the Ideal and the Real
    Fragments for the history of philosophy
    On university philosophy
    Transcendent speculation on the apparent deliberateness in the fate of the individual
    Essay on spirit-seeing and related issues
    Aphorisms on the wisdom of life
    Versions of Schopenhauer's text
    Glossary of names.

  • Author

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Editors and translators

    Sabine Roehr, New Jersey City University
    Sabine Roehr is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at New Jersey City University. She is the author of Hubert Fichte: Poetische Erkenntnis. Montage, Synkretismus, Mimesis (1985) and A Primer on German Enlightenment (1995).

    Christopher Janaway, University of Southampton
    Christopher Janaway is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton. His most recent books include Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction (2002) and Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche's Genealogy (2007). His most recently edited collections include The Cambridge Companion to Schopenhauer (Cambridge, 2000) and Better Consciousness: Schopenhauer's Philosophy of Value (2009, co-edited with Alex Neill). He is General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer series, for which he has translated The Two Fundamental Problems of Ethics (2009) and co-translated The World as Will and Representation, Volume 1 (2010).

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