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Quote of the Day

“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.” 524 more words


While on the way to the shops yesterday, I met an acquaintance. As one does in such situations, we passed the time of day. During our conversation my companion thanked me for the print copy of my collection of poetry, “ 174 more words


The paradox of the "mere addition of thought"

A commentary on Arthur Schopenhauer’s On the Suffering of the World, §6-7

This is my transcription of R. J. Hollingdale’s excellent translation, which I could not find available online anywhere. 3,135 more words

Phenomenology / Existentialism

Cosmic Pessimism

By Eugene Thacker

Source: continent.

We’re Doomed.
Pessimism is the night-side of thought, a melodrama of the futility of the brain, a poetry written in the graveyard of philosophy. 4,754 more words


The Unbearable Heaviness of Being

Schopenhauer and his work, often characterized by a sense of harshness and brute ugliness, have been understood over time as an extremely pessimistic stance. However, this perception is a great misinterpretation of Schopenhauer’s philosophies of life, existence and meaning. 731 more words

Introduction to the Epigraph of John Green's TATWD

Man can do what he wills, but he cannot will what he wills.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

As is the case with many German philosophers, a first reading of the quote will sound profoundly intellectual, deeply philosophical… and utterly unintelligible.

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John Green

Daily Discussion with BQB - Arthur Schopenhauer on the Misery of Life

Hey 3.5 readers.

Gotta admit, I’m feeling the misery lately.  Actually, my alter ego, the Alleged Man is feeling it.  I’m a fictional character so I feel awesome all the time even after I battle the Yeti, zombies, aliens, chupacabras and werewolves. 431 more words