Dr Tom Kerns
North Seattle Community College


Arthur Schopenhauer

(1788 - 1860)



from The Public Philosopher homepage



    • For some simple reviews of The World as Will and Representation, see what some general readers have volunteered about this title at amazon.com. One reader, for example, says: "Readable German philosophy that's worth reading!!! Schopenhauer proves that a German philosopher does not have to be nearly unintelligible to appear profound. Unlike Hegel and Heidegger, Schopenhauer does not hide behind ambiguous words or phrases. To the reader, Schopenhauer's views are as profound as they are clear...."
    • A few of Schopenhauer's very readable essays are available free online here.
    • (I've not yet discovered a good Schopenhauer website available in English. If you happen across one, please let me know.)
    • Here are simple definitions of a few terms found in Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation.


Schopenhauer's World as Will and Representation is a difficult read so you are given two weeks to complete this assignment.

Week One of Schopenhauer

Week Two of Schopenhauer