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Schopenhauer: Parerga and Paralipomena
Short Philosophical Essays

Volume 2

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  • Date Published: October 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108436526

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  • With the publication of 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', 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 essays on method, logic, the intellect, Kant, pantheism, natural science, religion, education, and language. 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.

    • Provides a new, up-to-date translation of this historically important collection of essays
    • The first English edition to be translated and edited by specialists in philosophy and German studies, and to give thorough scholarly notes on the differences between editions
    • Includes a scholarly introduction outlining the context of the works and a guide to reading them
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    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108436526
    • length: 701 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface
    Editorial notes and references
    Notes on text and translation
    Parerga and Paralipomena, Volume 2: Sporadic yet systematically ordered thoughts on multifarious topics
    1. On philosophy and its method
    2. On logic and dialectic
    3. Some thoughts concerning the intellect in general and in every respect
    4. Some observations on the antithesis of the thing in itself and the appearance
    5. Some words on pantheism
    6. On philosophy and natural science
    7. On colour theory
    8. On ethics
    9. On jurisprudence and politics
    10. On the doctrine of the indestructibility of our true essence by death
    11. Additional remarks on the doctrine of the nothingness of existence
    12. Additional remarks on the doctrine of the suffering of the world
    13. On suicide
    14. Additional remarks on the doctrine of the affirmation and negation of the will to life
    15. On religion
    16. Some remarks on Sanskrit literature
    17. Some archaeological observations
    18. Some mythological observations
    19. On the metaphysics of the beautiful and aesthetics
    20. On judgment, criticism, approbation and fame
    21. On learning and the learned
    22. Thinking for oneself
    23. On writing and style
    24. On reading and books
    25. On language and words
    26. Psychological remarks
    27. On women
    28. On education
    29. On physiognomy
    30. On noise and sounds
    31. Similes, parables and fables
    Some verses
    Versions of Schopenhauer's text
    Glossary of names

  • Author

    Arthur Schopenhauer


    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 (co-edited with Alex Neill, 2009). 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 (Cambridge, 2009) and co-translated three other volumes.

    Editor and Translator

    Adrian Del Caro, University of Tennessee
    Adrian Del Caro is Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee. He has published many books, including The Early Poetry of Paul Celan: In the Beginning Was the Word (1997) and Grounding the Nietzsche Rhetoric of Earth (2004). He has published numerous articles in journals including Journal of the History of Ideas, Philosophy and Literature, and German Studies Review. His translations include poetry for The German Mind of the Nineteenth Century (edited by Hermann Glaser, 1981) and The Gay Science (edited by Bernard Williams, Cambridge, 2001).

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