Quotes[ edit ] Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills. It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher. The old woman dies, the burden is lifted.
The family moved to Hamburg when Schopenhauer was five, because his father, a proponent of enlightenment and republican ideals, found Danzig unsuitable after the Prussian annexation.
His father wanted Arthur to become a cosmopolitan merchant like himself and hence traveled with Arthur extensively in his youth. His father also arranged for Arthur to live with a French family for two years when he was nine, which allowed Arthur to become fluent in French.
From an early age, Arthur wanted to pursue the life of a scholar. Rather than force him into his own career, Heinrich offered a proposition to Arthur: Arthur chose the former option, and his witnessing firsthand on this trip the profound suffering of the poor helped shape his pessimistic philosophical worldview.
After returning from his travels, Arthur began apprenticing with a merchant in preparation for his career. When Arthur was 17 years old, his father died, most likely as a result of suicide. Upon his death, Arthur, his sister Adele, and his mother were each left a sizable inheritance. He was an extraordinary pupil: In the meantime his mother, who was by all accounts not happy in the marriage, used her newfound freedom to move to Weimar and become engaged in the social and intellectual life of the city.
She met with great success there, both as a writer and as a hostess, and her salon became the center of the intellectual life of the city with such luminaries as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Schlegel brothers Karl Wilhelm Friedrich and August Wilhelmand Christoph Martin Wieland regularly in attendance.
At the same time, Johanna and Arthur never got along well: The tensions between them reached its peak when Arthur was 30 years old, at which time she requested that he never contact her again.
Schultz insisted that Schopenhauer begin his study of philosophy by reading the works of Immanuel Kant and Platothe two thinkers who became the most influential philosophers in the development of his own mature thought.
Schopenhauer also began a study of the works of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schellingof whose thought he became deeply critical. Schopenhauer transferred to Berlin University in for the purpose of attending the lectures of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, who at the time was considered the most exciting and important German philosopher of his day.
Schopenhauer became disillusioned with both thinkers, and with university intellectual life in general, which he regarded as unnecessarily abstruse, removed from genuine philosophical concerns, and compromised by theological agendas.
There Schopenhauer wrote his doctoral dissertation, The Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, in which he provided a systematic investigation of the principle of sufficient reason.
He regarded his project as a response to Kant who, in delineating the categories, neglected to attend to the forms that ground them. The following year Schopenhauer settled in Dresden, hoping that the quiet bucolic surroundings and rich intellectual resources found there would foster the development of his philosophical system.
Schopenhauer also began an intense study of Baruch Spinozawhose notion of natura naturans, a notion that characterized nature as self-activity, became key to the formulation of his account of the will in his mature system.
During his time in Dresden, he wrote On Vision and Colors, the product of his collaboration with Goethe.Course descriptions. COURSE NUMBERS Courses are numbered to correspond with the recommended sequence in which they should be taken.
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