Dr Tom Kerns
North Seattle Community College
Study Questions for
Die Welt als Wille und
Books III and IV
(There's treasure in this book. But it's
On pp 178-79, in Book
III on aesthetic contemplation, S is trying to describe what that
contemplation is. Paraphrase what he is saying.
In the last 10 lines on p 185, to the middle of 188 (& ff),
S is describing the concept of genius. What is genius, according to
In the middle paragraph on p 196, what is saying? And then, what
is contemplation (next two paragraphs)?
In #40, what does S mean by "the charming" in art? (It
isn't required, but if you think of it, attach two picture examples
of art that might be considered "charming" in this sense.
Also, two examples of true art that is not charming, but that
inspires aesthetic contemplation.)
In #s 57-60 Artie is showing that Life is Suffering. What are
his reasons for saying that this is the case?
What is Big Art's definition of "the good" in # 65?
What is "the way of asceticism" in # 68?
In your view, is Schopenhauer's world view "pessimistic?"
What are your feelings about his philosophy so far?
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