The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 1 : Arthur Schopenhauer :He is co-editor of The New Schelling , and has also published numerous articles on contemporary European thought. First published in , The World as Will and Representation contains Schopenhauer's entire philosophy, ranging through epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action, aesthetics and philosophy of art, to ethics, the meaning of life and the philosophy of religion, in an attempt to account for the world in all its significant aspects. It gives a unique and influential account of what is and is not of value in existence, the striving and pain of the human condition and the possibility of deliverance from it. This translation of the first volume of what later became a two-volume work reflects the eloquence and power of Schopenhauer's prose and renders philosophical terms accurately and consistently. It offers an introduction, glossary of names and bibliography, and succinct editorial notes, including notes on the revisions of the text which Schopenhauer made in and
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This is the third volume of the projected six volume English-language edition of the collected works of Arthur Schopenhauer. The first volume was The Two Fundamental Problems of Ethics , and the second was the first volume of The World as Will and Representation , which was originally published in In Schopenhauer published a revised version of it, and added an entire second volume in the form of a commentary on the first, thus completing the magnum opus. It is this second volume, translated and edited by Judith Norman, Alastair Welchman, and series editor Christopher Janaway, which is here under review. Perhaps as a result of the discipline of translating Schopenhauer, the introduction is more lucid and useful than is often the case, identifying some of the major controversies and stumbling blocks with admirable precision. The translators again raise the question of the "single thought" xiii Schopenhauer claimed lay behind all of his philosophizing, and suggest that there is a clue in the four book division of both the first and second volumes, which prompts the reader to consider the will, then representation, then return to the will and again to representation. This process itself leads to a fuller grasp of the meaning of the often repeated insight that there is one world which ineluctably must appear to us as either will or representation.
He produced his most important work, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung The World as Will and Representation in , and two years later he became a lecturer at the University of Berlin. He moved to Frankfurt in , and remained there for the rest of his life. The World as Will and Representation is divided into four books. Each book has numbered sections. Book One describes the world as idea.