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Studies in Pessimism

March 16, 2021

I first heard of Schopenhauer during my college years, and, although he seemed like an interesting philosopher, I’ve never read any of his books. I don’t really remember how I got the link to this audiobook a couple of weeks ago, but I’m glad I’ve got it. There is something deep in his thoughts that rings true to our nature. I get why some people see him as a king of pessimism, but don’t let this playful mockery devalue the arguments Schopenhauer makes.

I’m casually aware of the idea of treating the will as a separate and almighty entity:

A man can do as he will, but not will as he will.

This particular book is a loose set of ramblings on different topics, most of them are pretty amusing. The part about women didn’t age well, though.