The World as Will and Idea, Vol. 3 of 3


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In this work, Schopenhauer explains his fundamental idea that at the root of the reality we see around us is a Will that eternally, insatiably seeks to be satisfied. Each human Subject observes the Objects around her from the perspective of that fundamental Will working within each person. The human observer is distracted by the details of life and individual distinctions that obscure this Will; only by penetrating this “principium individuationis” (which is enslaved by the cause-and-effect tyranny of the Principle of Sufficient Reason) can the observer perceive the essential Thing-In-Itself. Art has the power to make us see the Thing-In-Itself, the Platonic Idea freed from the individual particular manifestation of it, thus enabling us to transcend the individual Will and perceive something of true Reality. Perceiving the common Will in all humanity, we are able to come closer to an ego-less love based on that shared essence. Schopenhauer squarely faces the fact that existence is fundamentally suffering, but it would be simplistic to label him (as is so often done) as nothing but a pessimist. His affirmation of Art and Love is a transforming principle, having a powerful influence on writers such as Tolstoy. In the end, he chooses the Way of Negation as the path toward peace; by denying our Will, by silencing the many outbreaks of Will in our lives, we can approach the ultimate peace of annihilation that is the theme of the great Vedic philosophy of India, to which Schopenhauer admits his profound debt. - Summary by Expatriate (18 hr 0 min)

Chapters

XXI. Retrospect and More General View 7:55 Read by Expatriate
XXII. Objective View of the Intellect, Pt. 1 18:54 Read by Expatriate
XXII. Objective View of the Intellect, Pt. 2 18:28 Read by Expatriate
XXII. Objective View of the Intellect, Pt. 3 23:07 Read by Expatriate
XXIII. On The Objectification Of The Will In Unconscious Nature, Pt. 1 18:02 Read by Expatriate
XXIII. On The Objectification Of The Will In Unconscious Nature, Pt. 2 17:54 Read by Expatriate
XXIV. On Matter, Pt. 1 21:57 Read by Expatriate
XXIV. On Matter, Pt. 2 19:21 Read by Expatriate
XXV. Transcendent Considerations Concerning The Will As Thing In Itself 27:31 Read by Expatriate
XXVI. On Teleology, Pt. 1 22:09 Read by Expatriate
XXVI. On Teleology, Pt. 2 24:04 Read by Expatriate
XXVII. On Instinct And Mechanical Tendency 18:55 Read by Expatriate
XXVIII. Characterisation Of The Will To Live 29:44 Read by Expatriate
XXIX. On The Knowledge Of The Ideas 10:46 Read by Expatriate
XXX. On the Pure Subject of Knowledge 25:34 Read by Expatriate
XXXI. On Genius, Pt. 1 21:08 Read by Expatriate
XXXI. On Genius, Pt. 2 22:25 Read by Expatriate
XXXI. On Genius, Pt. 3 25:21 Read by Expatriate
XXXII. On Madness 11:34 Read by Expatriate
XXXIII. Isolated Remarks on Natural Beauty 6:12 Read by Expatriate
XXXIV. On the Inner Nature of Art 13:30 Read by Expatriate
XXXV. On The Æsthetics Of Architecture 23:57 Read by Expatriate
XXXVI. Isolated Remarks On The Æsthetics Of The Plastic And Pictorial Arts 14:32 Read by Expatriate
XXXVII. On The Æsthetics Of Poetry, Pt. 1 20:33 Read by Expatriate
XXXVII. On The Æsthetics Of Poetry, Pt. 2 22:21 Read by Expatriate
XXXVIII. On History 22:25 Read by Expatriate
XXXIX. On The Metaphysics Of Music 31:12 Read by Expatriate
XL. Preface 3:53 Read by Expatriate
XLI. On Death And Its Relation To The Indestructibility Of Our True Nature, Pt.… 19:20 Read by Expatriate
XLI. On Death And Its Relation To The Indestructibility Of Our True Nature, Pt.… 21:23 Read by Expatriate
XLI. On Death And Its Relation To The Indestructibility Of Our True Nature, Pt.… 20:19 Read by Expatriate
XLI. On Death And Its Relation To The Indestructibility Of Our True Nature, Pt.… 18:02 Read by Expatriate
XLI. On Death And Its Relation To The Indestructibility Of Our True Nature, Pt.… 19:50 Read by Expatriate
XLI. On Death And Its Relation To The Indestructibility Of Our True Nature, Pt.… 21:00 Read by Expatriate
XLI. On Death And Its Relation To The Indestructibility Of Our True Nature, Pt.… 21:07 Read by Expatriate
XLII. The Life Of The Species 19:52 Read by Expatriate
XLIII. On Heredity, Pt. 1 16:35 Read by Expatriate
XLIII. On Heredity, Pt. 2 22:36 Read by Expatriate
XLIV. The Metaphysics Of The Love Of The Sexes, Pt. 1 21:07 Read by Expatriate
XLIV. The Metaphysics Of The Love Of The Sexes, Pt. 2 20:36 Read by Expatriate
XLIV. The Metaphysics Of The Love Of The Sexes, Pt. 3 20:03 Read by Expatriate
XLIV. The Metaphysics Of The Love Of The Sexes, Pt. 4 25:22 Read by Expatriate
XLV. On The Assertion Of The Will To Live 12:49 Read by Expatriate
XLVI. On The Vanity And Suffering Of Life, Pt. 1 21:47 Read by Expatriate
XLVI. On The Vanity And Suffering Of Life, Pt. 2 23:42 Read by Expatriate
XLVII. On Ethics, Pt. 1 20:47 Read by Expatriate
XLVII. On Ethics, Pt. 2 19:34 Read by Expatriate
XLVIII. On The Doctrine Of The Denial Of The Will To Live, Pt. 1 22:12 Read by Expatriate
XLVIII. On The Doctrine Of The Denial Of The Will To Live, Pt. 2 20:37 Read by Expatriate
XLVIII. On The Doctrine Of The Denial Of The Will To Live, Pt. 3 25:53 Read by Expatriate
XLVIII. On The Doctrine Of The Denial Of The Will To Live, Pt. 4 23:56 Read by Expatriate
XLIX. The Way Of Salvation 17:10 Read by Expatriate
L. Epiphilosophy 18:50 Read by Expatriate
APPENDIX: Essay on the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason 22:54 Read by Expatriate