The World as Will and Idea, Vol. 2 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. ( Expatriate) (18 hr 52 min)

Chapters

Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 01 9:08 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 02 10:10 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 03 15:01 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 04 14:50 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 05 13:38 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 06 14:34 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 07 18:13 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 08 16:51 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 09 13:26 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 10 16:43 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 11 18:12 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 12 17:50 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 13 16:15 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 14 16:59 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 15 15:48 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 16 14:30 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 17 17:41 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 18 16:03 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 19 15:43 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 20 15:52 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 21 17:36 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 22 14:49 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 23 14:03 Read by Expatriate
Criticism of the Kantian Philosophy 24 16:12 Read by Expatriate
I. The Standpoint of Idealism, Pt. 1 16:32 Read by Expatriate
I. The Standpoint of Idealism, Pt. 2 16:00 Read by Expatriate
I. The Standpoint of Idealism, Pt. 3 16:16 Read by Expatriate
II. The Doctrine of Perception, or Knowledge of Understanding 20:09 Read by Expatriate
III. On the Senses 16:39 Read by Expatriate
IV. On Knowledge A Priori, Pt. 1 19:03 Read by Expatriate
IV. On Knowledge A Priori, Pt. 2 21:39 Read by Expatriate
IV. On Knowledge A Priori, Pt. 3 17:08 Read by Expatriate
IV. On Knowledge A Priori, Pt. 4 15:20 Read by Expatriate
V. On the Irrational Intellect 11:34 Read by Expatriate
VI. The Doctrine of Abstract or Rational Knowledge 23:04 Read by Expatriate
VII. On the Relation of the Concrete Knowledge of Perception to Abstract Knowle… 18:48 Read by Expatriate
VII. On the Relation of the Concrete Knowledge of Perception to Abstract Knowle… 20:29 Read by Expatriate
VII. On the Relation of the Concrete Knowledge of Perception to Abstract Knowle… 20:40 Read by Expatriate
VIII. On the Theory of the Ludicrous, Pt. 1 16:10 Read by Expatriate
VIII. On the Theory of the Ludicrous, Pt. 2 17:13 Read by Expatriate
IX. On Logic in General 14:13 Read by Expatriate
X. On the Syllogism 27:33 Read by Expatriate
XI. On Rhetoric 3:48 Read by Expatriate
XII. On the Doctrine of Science 29:00 Read by Expatriate
XIII. On the Methods of Mathematics 6:33 Read by Expatriate
XIV. On the Association of Ideas 11:31 Read by Expatriate
XV. On the Essential Imperfections of the Intellect, Pt. 1 17:10 Read by Expatriate
XV. On the Essential Imperfections of the Intellect, Pt. 2 15:30 Read by Expatriate
XVI. On the Practical Use of Reason & On Stoicism, Pt. 1 17:29 Read by Expatriate
XVI. On the Practical Use of Reason & On Stoicism, Pt. 2 18:50 Read by Expatriate
XVII. On Man's Need of Metaphysics, Pt. 1 24:44 Read by Expatriate
XVII. On Man's Need of Metaphysics, Pt. 2 19:26 Read by Expatriate
XVII. On Man's Need of Metaphysics, Pt. 3 23:06 Read by Expatriate
XVII. On Man's Need of Metaphysics, Pt. 4 19:14 Read by Expatriate
XVIII. On the Possibility of Knowing the Thing In Itself 27:12 Read by Expatriate
XIX. On the Primacy of the Will in Self-Consciousness, Pt. 1 23:35 Read by Expatriate
XIX. On the Primacy of the Will in Self-Consciousness, Pt. 2 18:40 Read by Expatriate
XIX. On the Primacy of the Will in Self-Consciousness, Pt. 3 22:58 Read by Expatriate
XIX. On the Primacy of the Will in Self-Consciousness, Pt. 4 21:46 Read by Expatriate
XIX. On the Primacy of the Will in Self-Consciousness, Pt. 5 24:04 Read by Expatriate
XIX. On the Primacy of the Will in Self-Consciousness, Pt. 6 19:31 Read by Expatriate
XX. Objectification of the Will in the Animal Organism, Pt. 1 16:33 Read by Expatriate
XX. Objectification of the Will in the Animal Organism, Pt. 2 16:43 Read by Expatriate
XX. Objectification of the Will in the Animal Organism, Pt. 3 15:51 Read by Expatriate
XX. Objectification of the Will in the Animal Organism, Pt. 4 20:56 Read by Expatriate