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Course on Modern Thinkers.

Lecture VIII: Schopenhauer.


Topics of the Lecture:

1. Schopenhauer's Popular Reputation, and the right attitude to assume towards him.

2. Historical place and Relations of Schopenhauer's Doctrine.

3. Schopenhauer's Temperament, and its effect upon his Literary Style.

4. Schopenhauer's Fortunes.

5. His System in General.

6. The Doctrine of the Will.

7. The Theory of Art.

8. The Necessity of Evil, and the Denial of the Will.

9. Comparison of Schopenhauer and Hegel.

10. Concluding estimate of Schopenhaver's Pessimism.

NOTES:- The recent literature on Schopenhauer, in English, French and German, is now considerable and so easily accessible, that it is needless to give her many bibliographical notes. The best life is the one by Gwinner in the edition of 1878. It is not well to become acquainted with Schopenhauer by means of his briefer essays, before reading the first volume of his "World as Will and Idea," which is by all means the best possible introduction to his thought. Helen Zimmern's "Arthur Schopenhauer" gives a sketch of the Philosopher s life in English, a sketch made valuable chiefly by the quotations from foreign sources inserted in the text. Schopenhauer was born in 1788, and died in 1860.

Lecture Postponed.The Lecture due on Nov. 26, viz., the ninth of the course, on "The Rise of the Doctrine of Evolution," will be postponed one week on account of Thanks giving.

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