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“ON THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD” IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCHOPENHAUER


The title of Schopenhauer’s major work, The World As Will and Represantation, aptly summarizes his metaphysical system. In his The World As Will and Represantation, Schopenhauer argues that the reality behind the appearance of the World is an endlessly striving, irrational, and purposeless transcendent Will or energy, and we become aware of this Will directly in terms of our own volition. Schopenhauer tells us that the “will-to-life” is the driving force of the World,and that the pursuit of happiness, love and intellectual satisfaction is essentially futile: “Unless suffering is direct and immediate object of life,our existence must entirely fail of its aim.” In other words, suffering and misfortune are the general rule in life, not the exception. Schopenhauer thinks life, both induvidually and as a whole, is meaningless, primarily, because of the fact of suffering.


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Key Words: The Meaning of Life, Will, Represantation, Suffering, Evil.

Author : Emel KOÇ
Number of pages: 14-30
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.16990/SOBIDER.4092
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