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The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; the Art of Controversy   By: (1788-1860)

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The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; the Art of Controversy by Arthur Schopenhauer is a thought-provoking collection of essays that explores the art of debate and the strategies behind winning arguments. With its concise and sharp prose, the book offers readers an insightful glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century.

Schopenhauer's essays are structured in a logical and systematic manner, making it easy for readers to follow his arguments. The author begins by discussing the importance of logic in a successful dispute, emphasizing the need for clarity of thought and solid reasoning. He then delves into various techniques and tactics that can be employed in order to gain an advantage in any debate.

One of the strengths of this book is Schopenhauer's ability to illustrate his points through vivid examples from history and literature. By drawing upon the works of renowned philosophers, politicians, and writers, he effectively demonstrates how certain strategies have been employed throughout the ages to sway public opinion and undermine opponents.

Schopenhauer's writing style is both accessible and engaging, which allows readers - regardless of their familiarity with philosophy - to grasp his ideas easily. His use of concise language and clear explanations ensures that complex concepts are presented in a straightforward manner, making this book an enjoyable read for both scholars and general readers alike.

However, it is worth noting that some readers might find Schopenhauer's views on argumentation to be rather cynical and pessimistic. He emphasizes the manipulation and deceit often employed in winning arguments, which might leave some feeling disillusioned about the nature of intellectual discourse. Nevertheless, this perspective adds depth to the book and sparks further reflection on the ethics and morality of debates.

Overall, The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; the Art of Controversy is an intellectually stimulating and enlightening read. Schopenhauer's astute observations and practical advice will undoubtedly appeal to readers interested in the art of debate and the psychology behind winning arguments. Whether you are a philosopher, lawyer, or simply someone seeking to sharpen your debating skills, this book offers valuable insights that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact.

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THE ESSAYS OF ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER: THE ART OF CONTROVERSY

TRANSLATED BY

T. BAILEY SAUNDERS, M.A.

CONTENTS.

THE ART OF CONTROVERSY 1. PRELIMINARY: LOGIC AND DIALECTIC 2. THE BASIS OF ALL DIALECTIC 3. STRATAGEMS ON THE COMPARATIVE PLACE OF INTEREST AND BEAUTY IN WORKS OF ART PSYCHOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE WISDOM OF LIFE: APHORISMS GENIUS AND VIRTUE

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

The volume now before the reader is a tardy addition to a series in which I have endeavoured to present Schopenhauer's minor writings in an adequate form.

Its contents are drawn entirely from his posthumous papers. A selection of them was given to the world some three of four years after his death by his friend and literary executor, Julius Frauenst├Ądt, who for this and other offices of piety, has received less recognition than he deserves. The papers then published have recently been issued afresh, with considerable additions and corrections, by Dr. Eduard Grisebach, who is also entitled to gratitude for the care with which he has followed the text of the manuscripts, now in the Royal Library at Berlin, and for having drawn attention although in terms that are unnecessarily severe to a number of faults and failings on the part of the previous editor.

The fact that all Schopenhauer's works, together with a volume of his correspondence, may now be obtained in a certain cheap collection of the best national and foreign literature displayed in almost every bookshop in Germany, is sufficient evidence that in his own country the writer's popularity is still very great; nor does the demand for translations indicate that his fame has at all diminished abroad... Continue reading book >>




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