Arthur Schopenhauer

[Revised entry by Robert Wicks on May 11, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Arthur Schopenhauer was among the first 19th century philosophers to contend that at its core, the universe is
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[Revised entry by Robert Wicks on May 11, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Arthur Schopenhauer was among the first 19th century philosophers to contend that at its core, the universe is not a rational place. Inspired by Plato and Kant, both of whom regarded the world as being more amenable to reason, Schopenhauer developed their philosophies into an instinct-recognizing and ultimately ascetic outlook, emphasizing that in the face of a world filled with endless strife, we ought to minimize our natural desires for the sake of achieving a more tranquil frame of mind and a disposition towards...

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