Summary of Schopenhauer's Philosophy

[Schopenhauer] was also an atheist. He did not believe in a personal, omnipotent God.

Instead, Schopenhauer believed that the essence of the universe is Being: a blind, irrational, unquenchable thirst to exist he called Wille zum Leben, and that everything we perceive is a representation of this Will to Live.

Because we ourselves are products of Will, we spend most of our lives trapped in a cycle of striving and boredom.

We're constantly willing ourselves to attain our goals, and when we do attain them, we're disappointed and move on to something else, again and again, until the ultimate disappointment of death.

To Schopenhauer, free will and real choice were cruel illusions, and desire a prison.


A brief explanation that sounds familiar to atheism/secularism.

Folksonomies: nature science philosophy atheism natural law

/science/social science/philosophy (0.682204)
/religion and spirituality/atheism and agnosticism (0.367312)
/law, govt and politics/government (0.248626)

Wille zum Leben (0.902922 (negative:-0.312496)), Schopenhauer (0.821396 (negative:-0.444847)), unquenchable thirst (0.621499 (negative:-0.312496)), omnipotent God (0.602164 (positive:0.440433)), brief explanation (0.554032 (negative:-0.444847)), cruel illusions (0.538136 (negative:-0.548548)), ultimate disappointment (0.532863 (negative:-0.696458)), real choice (0.499822 (negative:-0.548548)), boredom (0.292772 (negative:-0.422316)), atheist (0.291242 (neutral:0.000000)), essence (0.281814 (neutral:0.000000)), prison (0.268057 (negative:-0.413540)), Summary (0.266934 (negative:-0.444847)), Philosophy (0.266740 (negative:-0.444847)), atheism/secularism (0.266352 (negative:-0.444847)), universe (0.259010 (neutral:0.000000)), representation (0.257863 (positive:0.381022)), products (0.257129 (positive:0.285834)), lives (0.256734 (negative:-0.422316)), cycle (0.256558 (negative:-0.422316))

Schopenhauer:Person (0.889755 (negative:-0.356613))

God (0.972149): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Universe (0.648952): dbpedia | freebase
Free will (0.638475): dbpedia | freebase
Metaphysics (0.572842): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
David Hume (0.519766): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc | yago
Philosophy of life (0.484043): dbpedia | freebase
Philosophy of religion (0.482664): dbpedia | freebase
Mind (0.480621): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc

 Opinion: Brian Moriarty's Apology For Roger Ebert
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Moriarty, Brian (March 15, 2011), Opinion: Brian Moriarty's Apology For Roger Ebert, Game Set Watch, Retrieved on 2011-03-23
  • Source Material []
  • Folksonomies: art video games expression media