Essays and Aphorisms

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141921757

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, Parerga and Paralipomena, which he published in 1851. These pieces depict humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation. This innovative - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and art, directly affecting the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner among others.

Essays and Aphorisms

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer,R. J. Hollingdale

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140442278

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 237

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A selection of Schopenhauer's writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and other themes taken from his last work, Parerga and Paralipomena . It depicts humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which morality and self-awareness are our only salvation.

Essays and Aphorisms on the Higher Man

Author: Emile Benoit

Publisher: Emile Benoit

ISBN: 0578075253

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 238

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The writings of Emile Benoit are primarily works of moral, cultural, and religious criticism which attempt to find meaning in a world that seems completely devoid of it, and in a manner which relies on revelatory aphorisms rather than narrative deduction to make its argument. We all have been searching for meaning in our lives for as long as we have been alive. Yet, philosophy, religion, art, and politics have failed to provide us with answers to our many questions about our own personal existence. They've become, instead, institutions for profit, dogmatism, entertainment, or petty equivocation. Benoit addresses the issues that used to be of utmost importance to scholars and laymen alike: The answer to the question of how we should best live our lives.

I'll Be Your Mirror

Essays and Aphorisms

Author: David Lazar

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496205189

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 224

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In his third book of essays, David Lazar blends personal meditations on sex and death with considerations of popular music and coping with anxiety through singing, bowling, and other distractions. He sets his work apart as both in the essay and of the essay by throwing himself into the form's past--interviewing or speaking to past masters and turning over rocks to find lost gems of the essay form. I'll Be Your Mirror further expands the dimensions of contemporary nonfiction writing by concluding with a series of aphorisms. Surreal, comical, and urban moments of being, they are part Cioran, part Kafka, and part Lenny Bruce. These are accompanied by Heather Frise's illustrations, whose looking-glass visions of motherhood--funny and grotesque--meet the vision of the aphorist in this most unusual nonfiction book.

Weird Emptiness

Essays & Aphorisms

Author: Alex Stein

Publisher: Wings Press (TX)

ISBN: 9780916727383

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 118

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In highly polished prose filled with humor and perception, this individual take on what it means to be a writer offers insight into aesthetics, metaphysics, ethics, and logic. The witty aphorisms and essays draw from the author’s influences—Blake, Cervantes, Kierkegaard, Neitzsche, Baudelaire, and Kafka—and comment on the writing process. This epistemology is at once literary criticism of these influences and a deep and tender philosophical chronicle of a writer’s life.

Between the Devil and the Dragon

The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer

Author: Eric Hoffer

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Category: Social Science

Page: 486

View: 2251

This collection of the major writings of American longshoreman-philosopher Eric Hoffer includes the complete text of "The True Believer" and important essays and aphorisms from all of his works


Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547711166

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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“This book is just that: reflections of a highly polished mind that uncannily approximate the century’s fragments of shattered traditions.” — Time A companion volume to Illuminations, the first collection of Walter Benjamin’s writings, Reflections presents a further sampling of his wide-ranging work. Here Benjamin evolves a theory of language as the medium of all creation, discusses theater and surrealism, reminisces about Berlin in the 1920s, recalls conversations with Bertolt Brecht, and provides travelogues of various cities, including Moscow under Stalin. Benjamin moves seamlessly from literary criticism to autobiography to philosophical-theological speculations, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest and most versatile writers of the twentieth century.

Understanding Franz Werfel

Author: Hans Wagener

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780872498839

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

View: 9456

Describes the life & work of the Austrian poet & novelist who heralded the German Expressionist movement in 1911, wrote some of Europe's most widely read novels in the 1930s, & enjoyed popular success in the 1940s with the film adaptations of his best-selling novels.

A Bible Not Borrowed from the Neighbors.: Essays and Aphorisms on Egoism

Author: Kevin I. Slaughter

Publisher: Underworld Amusements

ISBN: 9780988553613

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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Underworld Amusements has released a compilation of Essays and Aphorisms on Egoism, edited by Kevin I. Slaughter. The writings collected here are from the contemporaries of Ragnar Redbeard, radical thinkers who went against the herd with all their might. They upheld themselves as Gods, all other concerns come after that. Blasphemous, mocking and visceral, they are the children of Nietzsche, Stirner and Thoreau. Though often overlapping with Anarchists, they are too individualistic for many modern anarchists who are often just Socialist-minded egalitarian Utopians. Contents DEFINITION Definitions of Egoism & Altruism THE PHILOSOPHY OF EGOISM The Philosophy of Egoism -James L. Walker Biographical Sketch of James L. Walker -Henry Replogle QUOTES, APHORISMS, MAXIMS Testimony of the Apostles of Egoism Egoism as Taught by Thoreau Via Hellorosa The Eagle & The Serpent Wisdom & Wickedness of La Rochefoucauld Wisdom & Wickedness of Chamfort Flashes of Lightning from Nietzsche ESSAYS, EPISTLES, ASSAULTS Nietzsche on Atheism, Pessimism, Schopenhauer -Translated by Thomas Common Darwinism In Sociology: A Reply to Nietzsche's Critics. -Thomas Common The Land of the Altruists: A Parable for the Infant Class. -John Beverley Robinson Why Women Need Egoism -Fraulein Lepper An Apppreciation of Stirner -John Henry Mackay That Blessed Word Altruism -John Erwin McCall Aeschylus at Marathon: Are We Saved by Love or by Hate? -John Erwin McCall The Religion of Egoism: A Prayer for More Bitterness. -John Erwin McCall

HEART-SHAPED LEAVES:Aphorisms, Adaptations, Improvisations and Essays

Author: Shahin Khalilli


ISBN: 1329351916

Category: Reference

Page: 122

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""'Heart-Shaped Leaves' is a wry and witty collection of aphorisms and observations. It's a unique compilation, somewhat like W. H. Auden's 'Commonplace Book'..."" David Damrosch Ernest Bernbaum Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature Harvard University ""This little book 'Heart-Shaped Leaves' is not an academic work but the work of a man who looks at literature with a loving eye. Prof. Khalilli's commentaries and thoughts, some profound some less so, demonstrate his love of literature. He has collected his thoughts over many years of study but has never before committed them to paper."" Dr.F. Alexander Magill Ege University, Izmir.Turkey

Belcher's Cream of Knowledge

Or, Something of Everything. Each Portion Containing One Or More Subjects Complete. This Consists of a Great Variety of Interesting Essays and Aphorisms

Author: Wm Belcher

Publisher: N.A



Page: 107

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The View of Life

Four Metaphysical Essays with Journal Aphorisms

Author: Georg Simmel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226757854

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 442

Published in 1918, The View of Life is Georg Simmel’s final work. Famously deemed “the brightest man in Europe” by George Santayana, Simmel addressed diverse topics across his essayistic writings, which influenced scholars in aesthetics, epistemology, and sociology. Nevertheless, certain core issues emerged over the course of his career—the genesis, structure, and transcendence of social and cultural forms, and the nature and conditions of authentic individuality, including the role of mindfulness regarding mortality. Composed not long before his death, The View of Life was, Simmel wrote, his “testament,” a capstone work of profound metaphysical inquiry intended to formulate his conception of life in its entirety. Now Anglophone readers can at last read in full the work that shaped the argument of Heidegger’s Being and Time and whose extraordinary impact on European intellectual life between the wars was extolled by Jürgen Habermas. Presented alongside these seminal essays are aphoristic fragments from Simmel’s last journal, providing a beguiling look into the mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.