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"The Art of Literature and The Art of Controversy" is a collection of essays by famed German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. In this work you will find two collections of essays which include the following: On Authorship, On Style, On the Study of Latin, On Men of Learning, On Thinking for Oneself, On Some Forms of Literature, On Criticism, On Reputation, On Genius, The "The Art of Literature and The Art of Controversy" is a collection of essays by famed German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. In this work you will find two collections of essays which include the following: On Authorship, On Style, On the Study of Latin, On Men of Learning, On Thinking for Oneself, On Some Forms of Literature, On Criticism, On Reputation, On Genius, The Art of Controversy: (1. Preliminary: Logic and Dialectic, 2. The Basis of all Dialectic, 3. Stratagems), On the Comparative Place of Interest and Beauty in Works of Art, Psychological Observations, On the Wisdom of Life: Aphorisms, Genius and Virtue.


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"The Art of Literature and The Art of Controversy" is a collection of essays by famed German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. In this work you will find two collections of essays which include the following: On Authorship, On Style, On the Study of Latin, On Men of Learning, On Thinking for Oneself, On Some Forms of Literature, On Criticism, On Reputation, On Genius, The "The Art of Literature and The Art of Controversy" is a collection of essays by famed German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. In this work you will find two collections of essays which include the following: On Authorship, On Style, On the Study of Latin, On Men of Learning, On Thinking for Oneself, On Some Forms of Literature, On Criticism, On Reputation, On Genius, The Art of Controversy: (1. Preliminary: Logic and Dialectic, 2. The Basis of all Dialectic, 3. Stratagems), On the Comparative Place of Interest and Beauty in Works of Art, Psychological Observations, On the Wisdom of Life: Aphorisms, Genius and Virtue.

30 review for The Art of Literature and the Art of Controversy

  1. 5 out of 5

    arg/machine

    Classic essays by Schopenhauer. In the public domain, with free electronic copies here & here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sagar Saxena

    This book starts off like a grumpy old man's rant about how the world is too stupid to note him,to praise him.However,wisdom soon starts to appear on the horizon.And there is a lot of good stuff here.This is the first book I have read that puts such emphasis on learning via non-book methods.Schopenhauer insists and insists on developing and maintaining a personal viewpoint about the world.A viewpoint as independent as possible.He even advises seclusion and total freedom from social circles,so This book starts off like a grumpy old man's rant about how the world is too stupid to note him,to praise him.However,wisdom soon starts to appear on the horizon.And there is a lot of good stuff here.This is the first book I have read that puts such emphasis on learning via non-book methods.Schopenhauer insists and insists on developing and maintaining a personal viewpoint about the world.A viewpoint as independent as possible.He even advises seclusion and total freedom from social circles,so that a person's stream of thought doesn't get polluted. Thus,he criticizes Pliny's insane reading habits...he says it's almost as if he didn't have any personal thoughts or that he was too scared of them! Most of Schopenhauer's assertions are binary.Thus,in many cases he abhors certain ways of life,schools of thought and even 'virtues' like modesty.His argument being that modesty implies giving a higher value to the opinion of others and thus,your own thoughts/opinions get affected.Schopenhauer seems to delight in making good metaphors and to his credit,9 out of 10 of his metaphors are excellent.He also seems especially eager to name drop.Thus,Fichte,Hegel are ridiculed while Goethe,Jean Paul,etc. are praised. You may agree or disagree with his views on certain things and certain aspects of life.However,the complete work has enough food for thought.This is a very discussion worthy book..especially his views on learning,metaphors,pretentious writing,immortality through literature,etc. Give it a bit of time past the ranting phases and you should be rewarded.I recommend this book. P.S.: This review does not cover 'The Art of Controversy' which I plan to read soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert Poortinga

    I do not like to write reviews on books but I do think that this book deserves to be put in the spotlights, since it is relatively unknown and definitely overlooked. This book is definitely a must for any musician, writer, sculpture or anyone who is involved/interested in any form of arts. It is a critique and one can agree or disagree with him but the thought-provoking, clearly prose that Schopenhauer uses is a true joy for the reader. Though written in the 19th century, and especially with the I do not like to write reviews on books but I do think that this book deserves to be put in the spotlights, since it is relatively unknown and definitely overlooked. This book is definitely a must for any musician, writer, sculpture or anyone who is involved/interested in any form of arts. It is a critique and one can agree or disagree with him but the thought-provoking, clearly prose that Schopenhauer uses is a true joy for the reader. Though written in the 19th century, and especially with the recent advancements of the last 50 years in technology, it is still up to date and should be read by any person interested in the arts.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MJD

    It really shows in these essays that the author was bitter for not being appreciated much in his time, and it really shows that he was right to be bitter in that he has a lot of interesting things to say.

  5. 5 out of 5

    يُسْرُبيلْ

    I am not really self-qualified -as for now- to rate this book as it contained some difficult statements packed with some meaning and philosophical terms that I could not get my head around, though I understood the general topic. I did not like the idea that dialectics is all about ignoring the truth and morality and the like and getting rather focused on tact and cunning tricks. I, however, liked the author's admission at the end when he said and I quote : *The only safe rule, therefore, is that I am not really self-qualified -as for now- to rate this book as it contained some difficult statements packed with some meaning and philosophical terms that I could not get my head around, though I understood the general topic. I did not like the idea that dialectics is all about ignoring the truth and morality and the like and getting rather focused on tact and cunning tricks. I, however, liked the author's admission at the end when he said and I quote : *The only safe rule, therefore, is that which Aristotle mentions in the last chapter of his Topica: not to dispute with the first person you meet, but only with those of your acquaintance of whom you know that they possess sufficient intelligence and self-respect not to advance absurdities; to appeal to reason and not to authority, and to listen to reason and yield to it; and, finally, to cherish truth, to be willing to accept reason even from an opponent, and to be just enough to bear being proved to be in the wrong, should truth lie with him. From this it follows that scarcely one man in a hundred is worth your disputing with him. You may let the remainder say what they please, for every one is at liberty to be a fool — desipere est jus gentium. Remember what Voltaire says: La paix vaut encore mieux que la vérité. Remember also an Arabian proverb which tells us that on the tree of silence there hangs its fruit, which is peace. But, I could rate it-as far as I am concerned- with 3 to 4 stars given that Aristotle was the one Schopenhauer reffered to throughout the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Boro

    Though as the book ends, it spirals down way too much into a rant, all these stars are dedicated to the first three chapters. It has been a while since I last got intellectually slapped.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sami Ansari

    An important book to read. This should be taught in school, especially in current political climate!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Edward Weiner

    This was a short free audiobook from LibriVox. Never read anything by Schopenhauer before and I doubt I will ever read anything else that he has written.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    It starts off like a history lesson on the etymology of words, then like a manual for lawyers, and it finishes with pessimistic philosophy akin to Nietzsche

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    To briefly summarize: if you are lucky enough to have your own creative vision, follow it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marijke

    Sometimes tedious, beating a (dead) horse to death, nevertheless a very enlightening experience. My Kindle version did not include The Art of Controversy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Royal

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    Ejaz Asghar

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    Klaudio Marashi

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    Daniel Persson

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    Zeenat Mahal

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    Joseph Clark

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    Marina

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Cohen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

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    Jessica Manuel

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    Bryan Da Silva

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