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Studies in Pessimism

By: Arthur Schopenhauer
Narrated by: Ron Welch
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"Unless suffering is the direct and immediate object of life, our existence must entirely fail of its aim. It is absurd to look upon the enormous amount of pain that abounds everywhere in the world, and originates in needs and necessities inseparable from life itself, as serving no purpose at all and the result of mere chance. Each separate misfortune, as it comes, seems, no doubt, to be something exceptional; but misfortune in general is the rule."

Public Domain (P)2018 Bassett Publishing

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I probably play it every night

For over 2 weeks. It picks me up . It gives me areenght and optimism actually. I feel a boost of inner strength everytime i listen.

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Good in many ways but...

I enjoyed the booked until the point when Schopenhauer bluntly expresses his utter misogynistic views in this book. It made my blood boil.

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Incredibly insightful ( - on women)

I have a degree in philosophy, yet haven’t had the chance (because as Schopenhauer says, university lecturers try exude optimism) to read or study these works - in depth or otherwise. The way he speaks of women I found offensive, but after studying issues in feminist philosophy I am aware that this was a general problem across the field at the time. But non the less, I really enjoyed listening to this and would recommend

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An illiterate narrator butchers Schopenhauer’s exquisite work

The gentleman trying to render this text into spoken language is completely unmatched to the task.

The words and phrases of plain English he is unable to correctly read out include “destiny” (he reads “density”), “wretches” (he reads “wenches”), “intrinsic” (he reads “intristic [sic]”), “abounds in it”, “asceticism”, “countenance”, “forever”, “votaries”, “ignominious”, “insipidities”, “emphatically”, “appear”, “occurs”, “tyranny”, “Christendom”, “emphatic”, etc.

Perhaps there are many more basic failures of reading comprehension further on in the text; I couldn’t bear to go on with it after that point.

The effect of this constant misreading of basic vocabulary, pervasive throughout the portions of the recording that I heard, is to give the impression that the words are being recited by a mind totally uncomprehending of their meaning; very jarring and detrimental to the enjoyment of the text.

There are far more competent recordings of the same material that I’ve heard on YouTube and Spotify; no idea why Audible regards this low-quality rendition as its definitive reading of the text.

This unsuccessful attempt at reading Schopenhauer out loud was truly “an unprofitable episode, disturbing the blessed calm of nonexistence”.

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An intellectual assuredly so, but from where did his hatred for the “fairer sex” grow.

While there are indeed a many interesting line of thought line of thought provided and with just as many ideas to support them, the blatant misogyny is hard to look past regardless of the points being made. Fair warning beforehand.

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