On the Suffering of the World

By Arthur Schopenhauer

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Arthur Schopenhauer was once born in Danzig in 1788. He went directly to learn drugs and technological know-how at Gottingen collage and in 1810 started to learn philosophy. In 1811 he transferred to Berlin to put in writing his doctoral thesis, and commenced to write down the area as Will and notion, a whole exploration of his philosophy, which used to be complete in 1818. even though the booklet didn't promote, his trust in his personal perspectives sustained him via twenty-five years of pissed off wish for popularity. In 1844 introduced a far increased variation of his e-book, which after his dying grew to become some of the most greatly learn of all philosophical works. His popularity used to be tested in 1851 with the book of Parerga and Paralipomena. He died in 1860.

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