In these minutes, I shall speak of the wisdom of life in the common meaning of the term, as the art, namely, of ordering our lives so as to obtain the greatest possible amount of pleasure and success, an art the theory of which may be called Eudaemonology, for it teaches us how to lead a happy existence. Such an existence might perhaps be defined as one which, looked at from a purely objective point of view, or, rather, after cool and mature reflection, for the question necessarily involves subjective considerations, and would be decidedly preferable to non-existence, implying that we should cling to it for its own sake, and not merely from the fear of death, and further, that we should never like it to come to an end.
Now whether human life corresponds, or could possibly correspond, to this conception of existence, is a question to which, as is well-known, my philosophical system returns a negative answer. On the eudaemonistic hypothesis, however, the question must be answered in the affirmative. I have shown, in the second volume of my chief work, that this hypothesis is based upon a fundamental mistake.
Accordingly, in elaborating the scheme of a happy existence, I have had to make a complete surrender of the higher metaphysical and ethical standpoint to which my own theories lead and everything I shall say here will to some extent rest upon a compromise in so far, that is, as I take the common standpoint of every day, and embrace the error which is at the bottom of it. My remarks, therefore, will possess only a qualified value, for the very word eudaemonology is a euphemism. Further, I make no claims to completeness; partly because the subject is inexhaustible, and partly because I should otherwise have to say over again what has been already said by others.
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This book is excellent. I recommend Schopenhauer to everyone I know. I have been getting into audiobooks lately, so this is awesome to be able to listen to him on-the-go. Great narrator.
I'm a big fan of Arthur Schopenhauer, so I was quite happy when I saw this audiobook come out. The narrator does a great job, but the best part of this book is the content. Schopenhauer's insight into human behavior is unparalleled. You will see things in a way you never thought of. Any Schopenhauer fan will love this, but I think anyone interested in philosophy period should give this a listen, they will not be disappointed. A classic in philosophy with surprisingly modern relevance.
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