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.
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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