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The Wisdom of Life

Schopenhauer's take on will and deliberation

By Arthur Schopenhauer
13-minute read
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The Wisdom of Life by Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer’s The Wisdom of Life (1851) is a short philosophical essay about what constitutes human happiness. Starting with ancient Greek philosophers’ ideas on human happiness, Schopenhauer develops his own thoughts on what people need to be happy.

  • Academic and armchair philosophers
  • Anyone striving for happiness and wisdom
  • Lovers of nineteenth-century German philosophy

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a prominent German philosopher. He rejected the idealism of his time in favor of a more practical materialism. Schopenhauer greatly influenced other intellectuals, including Richard Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Leo Tolstoy and Thomas Mann.

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