Philosophy Book Discussion Group

The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall initially draw from British and Germanic thinkers.  Using titles from the Very Short Introduction series, published by Oxford University Press, the initial chosen authors will follow chronologically from the Enlightenment Era to the first part of the 20thcentury.  Although the books are small and brief they are compacted with much detail requiring thoughtful examination.  The book for August discussion is Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Janaway (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Schopenhauer is considered to be the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer's central notion is that of the will--a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Seeing human behavior as that of a natural organism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexuality which influenced both psychologists and philosophers.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The Bookworm
Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #62) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780192802590
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 16th, 2002