Schopenhauer: 'The World as Will and Representation'

The World as Will and Representation Volume 1

Schopenhauer: 'The World as Will and Representation'

First published in 1818, The World as Will and Representation contains Schopenhauer's entire philosophy, ranging through epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action, aesthetics and philosophy of art, to ethics, the meaning of life and the philosophy of religion, in an attempt to account for the world in all its significant aspects. It gives a unique and influential account of what is and is not of value in existence, the striving and pain of the human condition and the possibility of deliverance from it. This new translation of the first volume of what later became a two-volume work reflects the eloquence and power of Schopenhauer's prose and renders philosophical terms accurately and consistently. It offers an introduction, glossary of names and bibliography, and succinct editorial notes, including notes on the revisions of the text which Schopenhauer made in 1844 and 1859.


"...This book will be of interest to general readers, undergraduates, graduates, and scholars in the field."
--George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, Analysis and Metaphysics

‘Note on Text and Translation’, in Arthur Schopenhauer , Prize Essay on the Freedom of the Will (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), p. xxxviii
Edward Bentley , Notes and Queries 92 (1919), 119–20
Grimm and Grimm , Deutsches Wörterbuch (Leipzig: Hirzel, 1893), Vol. 8, 1104
Paul Deussen in his earlier edition of Arthur Schopenhauers Sämtliche Werke (1911–23), vol. 6
Richard Aquila , The World as Will and Presentation, vol. 1 (New York: Pearson/Longman, 2008), xlii–xliii, 622 and passim