Delphi Collected Works of Arthur Schopenhauer (Illustrated)

Delphi Series Eight

Book 12
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 The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is best known for his 1818 work ‘The World as Will and Idea’, which characterises the phenomenal world as the product of a blind and insatiable metaphysical will.  Proceeding from the transcendental idealism of Kant, Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that is viewed by many as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism. His works on aesthetics, morality and psychology would exert a major influence on existential philosophy and Freudian thinking. This comprehensive eBook presents Schopenhauer’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Schopenhauer’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the major treatises

* The complete essays, translated by T. Bailey Saunders in seven volumes, with individual contents tables

* Major works include their original hyperlinked footnotes – ideal for students

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* ‘The World as Will and Idea’ translated by R. B. Haldane and J. Kemp, in the much expanded sixth edition of 1909

* Special Essays alphabetical contents list – find the essay you want to read easily

* Features three biographies - explore Schopenhauer’s intriguing life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order


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CONTENTS:


The Books

ON THE FOURFOLD ROOT OF THE PRINCIPLE OF SUFFICIENT REASON

THE WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA

THE ART OF BEING RIGHT

ON THE WILL IN NATURE

ON THE BASIS OF MORALITY

WISDOM OF LIFE

COUNSELS AND MAXIMS

RELIGION: A DIALOGUE

THE ART OF LITERATURE

STUDIES IN PESSIMISM

ON HUMAN NATURE

THE ART OF CONTROVERSY


The Essays

LIST OF ESSAYS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER


The Biographies

SCHOPENHAUER by Thomas Whittaker

SCHOPENHAUER by Elbert Hubbard

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER by William Wallace


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Delphi Classics
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May 18, 2017
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2822
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9781786560889
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English
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Philosophy / General
Philosophy / Metaphysics
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Book 13
 A giant of eighteenth century theatre, Richard Brinsley Sheridan was an Irish satirist, playwright and poet. His celebrated plays ‘The Rivals’ and ‘The School for Scandal’ exerted a major influence on the development of English drama and continue to be performed worldwide today. For the first time in publishing history, this comprehensive eBook presents Sheridan’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Sheridan’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the plays

* All 9 dramatic works, with individual contents tables

* Features rare plays appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including PIZARRO

* Images of how the works were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Also features R. Crompton Rhodes edition of Sheridan’s poetry, first time in digital print

* Easily locate the rare poems you want to read

* Includes Sheridan’s speeches and letters - spend hours exploring the author’s non-fiction

* Features two biographies, including Moore’s seminal study - explore Sheridan’s literary and personal life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


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CONTENTS:


The Dramatic Works

THE RIVALS

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

THE DUENNA

A TRIP TO SCARBOROUGH

THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL

THE CAMP

THE CRITIC

THE GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE

PIZARRO


The Poetry

THE POEMS OF RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN


The Non-Fiction

THE LEGISLATIVE INDEPENDENCE OF IRELAND VINDICATED

A COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF THE TWO BILLS, FOR THE BETTER GOVERNMENT OF THE BRITISH POSSESSIONS IN INDIA

THE SPEECHES AND LETTERS


The Biographies

MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF THE RT. HON. RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN by Thomas Moore

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN by William Fraser Rae


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Book 1
 Niccolò Machiavelli, the Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher and humanist, is regarded by many as the founder of modern political science. His most renowned work, ‘The Prince’, continues to cause great controversy for its advocacy of immoral and ruthless actions in politics. Due to this notorious text, the term "Machiavellian" is often associated with political deceit and deviousness; nevertheless, Machiavelli’s writings were also an inspiration to Enlightenment proponents of modern democratic political philosophy This comprehensive eBook presents Machiavelli’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Machiavelli’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the treatises and other texts

* All the major works, with individual contents tables

* Features rare translations appearing for the first time in digital publishing

* Four translations of ‘The Prince’ — Edward Dacres, Christian E. Detmold, W. K. Marriott and Ninian Hill Thomson; also includes the original Italian 1540 text

* Two translations of ‘The Art of War — Peter Whitehorne and Henry Neville; also includes the original Italian 1520 text

* Two translations of ‘Discourses on Livy’ — Henry Neville and Ninian Hill Thomson

* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original Renaissance texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Includes Machiavelli’s rare letters and records of missions – available in no other collection

* Features three biographies - discover Machiavelli’s intriguing life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


Please note: no known translations of 'The Mandrake' and Machiavelli’s poetry are available at the time of publication. Once new texts become available, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.


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CONTENTS:


The Political Works

THE PRINCE

THE ART OF WAR

A DISCOURSE ABOUT THE REFORMING OF FLORENCE

THOUGHTS OF A STATESMAN

DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS


The Historical Works

A DESCRIPTION OF THE MANNER IN WHICH DUKE VALENTINO PUT VITELLOZZO VITELLI, OLIVEROTTO DA FERMO, LORD PAGOLA AND THE DUKE OF GRAVINA TO DEATH

THE LIFE OF CASTRUCCIO CASTRACANI OF LUCCA

HISTORY OF FLORENCE AND OF THE AFFAIRS OF ITALY

DISCOURSES ON LIVY


The Biographies

MACHIAVELLI by Henry Cust

INTRODUCTION TO NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI by W. K. Marriott

MACHIAVELLI by John Morley


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Book 10
The style of “Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung” is sometimes loose and involved, as is so often the case in German philosophical treatises. The translation of the book has consequently been a matter of no little difficulty. It was found that extensive alteration of the long and occasionally involved sentences, however likely to prove conducive to a satisfactory English style, tended not only to obliterate the form of the original but even to imperil the meaning. Where a choice has had to be made, the alternative of a somewhat slavish adherence to Schopenhauer's ipsissima verba has accordingly been preferred to that of inaccuracy. The result is a piece of work which leaves much to be desired, but which has yet consistently sought to reproduce faithfully the spirit as well as the letter of the original.

As regards the rendering of the technical terms about which there has been so much controversy, the equivalents used have only been adopted after careful consideration of their meaning in the theory of knowledge. For example, “Vorstellung” has been rendered by “idea,” in preference to “representation,” which is neither accurate, intelligible, nor elegant. “Idee,” is translated by the same word, but spelled with a capital,—“Idea.” Again, “Anschauung” has been rendered according to the context, either by “perception” simply, or by “intuition or perception.”

Notwithstanding statements to the contrary in the text, the book is probably quite intelligible in itself, apart from the treatise “On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason.” It has, however, been considered desirable to add an abstract of the latter work in an appendix to the third volume of this translation.

 

Book 14
When Schopenhauer was asked where he wished to be buried, he answered, "Anywhere; they will find me;" and the stone that marks his grave at Frankfort bears merely the inscription "Arthur Schopenhauer," without even the date of his birth or death. Schopenhauer, the pessimist, had a sufficiently optimistic conviction that his message to the world would ultimately be listened to—a conviction that never failed him during a lifetime of disappointments, of neglect in quarters where perhaps he would have most cherished appreciation; a conviction that only showed some signs of being justified a few years before his death. Schopenhauer was no opportunist; he was not even conciliatory; he never hesitated to declare his own faith in himself, in his principles, in his philosophy; he did not ask to be listened to as a matter of courtesy but as a right—a right for which he would struggle, for which he fought, and which has in the course of time, it may be admitted, been conceded to him.

Although everything that Schopenhauer wrote was written more or less as evidence to support his main philosophical thesis, his unifying philosophical principle, the essays in this volume have an interest, if not altogether apart, at least of a sufficiently independent interest to enable them to be considered on their own merits, without relation to his main idea. And in dissociating them, if one may do so for a moment (their author would have scarcely permitted it!), one feels that one enters a field of criticism in which opinions can scarcely vary. So far as his philosophy is concerned, this unanimity does not exist; he is one of the best abused amongst philosophers; he has many times been explained and condemned exhaustively, and no doubt this will be as many times repeated. What the trend of his underlying philosophical principal was, his metaphysical explanation of the world, is indicated in almost all the following essays, but chiefly in the "Metaphysics of Love," to which the reader may be referred.

These essays are a valuable criticism of life by a man who had a wide experience of life, a man of the world, who possessed an almost inspired faculty of observation. Schopenhauer, of all men, unmistakably observed life at first hand. There is no academic echo in his utterances; he is not one of a school; his voice has no formal intonation; it is deep, full-chested, and rings out its words with all the poignancy of individual emphasis, without bluster, but with unfailing conviction. He was for his time, and for his country, an adept at literary form; but he used it only as a means. Complicated as his sentences ...

 

Book 8
 

The contents of this, as of the other volumes in the series, have been drawn from Schopenhauer's Parerga, and amongst the various subjects dealt with in that famous collection of essays, Literature holds an important place. Nor can Schopenhauer's opinions fail to be of special value when he treats of literary form and method. For, quite apart from his philosophical pretensions, he claims recognition as a great writer; he is, indeed, one of the best of the few really excellent prose-writers of whom Germany can boast. While he is thus particularly qualified to speak of Literature as an Art, he has also something to say upon those influences which, outside of his own merits, contribute so much to an author's success, and are so often undervalued when he obtains immediate popularity. Schopenhauer's own sore experiences in the matter of reputation lend an interest to his remarks upon that subject, although it is too much to ask of human nature that he should approach it in any dispassionate spirit.

In the following pages we have observations upon style by one who was a stylist in the best sense of the word, not affected, nor yet a phrasemonger; on thinking for oneself by a philosopher who never did anything else; on criticism by a writer who suffered much from the inability of others to understand him; on reputation by a candidate who, during the greater part of his life, deserved without obtaining it; and on genius by one who was incontestably of the privileged order himself. And whatever may be thought of some of his opinions on matters of detail—on anonymity, for instance, or on the question whether good work is never done for money—there can be no doubt that his general view of literature, and the conditions under which it flourishes, is perfectly sound.

It might be thought, perhaps, that remarks which were meant to apply to the German language would have but little bearing upon one so different from it as English. This would be a just objection if Schopenhauer treated literature in a petty spirit, and confined himself to pedantic inquiries into matters of grammar and etymology, or mere niceties of phrase. But this is not so. He deals with his subject broadly, and takes large and general views; nor can anyone who knows anything of the philosopher suppose this to mean that he is vague and feeble. It is true that now and again in the course of these essays he makes remarks which are obviously meant to apply to the failings of certain writers of his own age and country; but in such a case I have generally given his sentences a turn, which, while keeping them faithful to the spirit of the original, secures for them a less restricted range, and makes Schopenhauer a critic of similar faults in whatever age or country they may appear. This has been done in spite of a sharp word on page seventeen of this volume, addressed to translators who dare to revise their author; but the change is one with which not even Schopenhauer could quarrel.

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