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Philosophical Pessimism

Arthur Schopenhauer, the quintessential philosophical pessimist

A thoughtful reader offered a rejoinder to the conclusion of my recent series on life and meaning. In it he advances an unequivocal pessimism in response to my (qualified) notions of optimism and hope. I reprint it here, edited slightly for brevity. Continue reading Philosophical Pessimism

Summary of Arthur Schopenhauer’s, “On the Sufferings of the World”


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860) was a German philosopher known for his atheism and pessimism—in fact, he is the most prominent pessimist in the entire western philosophical tradition Continue reading Summary of Arthur Schopenhauer’s, “On the Sufferings of the World”