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2.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 5 2.33 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455181414
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Schopenhauer, the “philosopher of pessimism,” makes it very plain that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. But if the world is indifferent to our fate, it doesn’t thwart us on purpose. The world’s façade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the universal Will—blind and without purpose. This Will brings on all our misery and suffering; our only hope is to liberate ourselves from its power and from the trappings of individualism and egoism that are at its mercy.

In Schopenhauer in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Schopenhauer’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Schopenhauer’s writings, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Schopenhauer within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As effective in its biographical and philosophical summarizing as we’ve come to expect from Paul Strathern…convey[s] both Schopenhauer’s prickly nature and its contradictions with the ascetic renunciation of the material world that he propounded in his writings.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M Pereira | 8/19/2013

    " Light on the philosophy, interesting personal stories though. Schoenpenhauer studied English in Wimbledon, London? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adil | 1/26/2010

    " I needed a quick introduction to Schopenhauer but this book gave me more of a chronology of his life and some quotes from him, not much substantive information on his philosophy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 5/1/2007

    " Sir, true I eat three times as much as you, but I have three times as much brains as you. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. The author of many nonfiction books and of articles for numerous publications, he has also written several novels and has won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He lives and writes in London.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.