Articles from 04/2013

29 April 2013

On the Four Fold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason—Originally Published in 1813

The purpose of this short essay is to explain some of the points contained in Schopenhauer's book; The Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason. One of the book's assumptions is that the universe is an understandable place, conforming to deterministic laws and exhibiting predictable patterns and regularities. A more recent proposition of this theory is referred to as;

The Fine-Tuned Universe

which explains that Fine-tuning refers to the surprising precision of nature's physical constants. To explain the present state of the universe, even the best scientific…Read

Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (I)


"What are you reading that for?" he asked in an indignant tone.

I put the book down slowly and tried not to look too flustered. I had been caught red-handed. The best line of approach was to tackle the issue head on and not to act embarrassed. I mean, it was nothing to be ashamed of, was it?

I had better explain that the embarrassing material I had been caught with was not pornography although the shocked tone of my…Read


A twenty-something navigates heartbreak by Schopenhauer.

"Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people," wrote Schopenhauer in an essay called 'Lebensweisheit' – 'Worldly Wisdoms' – in 1851.

If I didn't know better, I'd say it sounds like Schopenhauer liked someone who didn't like him back.

There are few feelings worse than unrequited love. I should know: my own experience was as drawn-out and painful as they come, and threw me for the best part of two years. I cared for…Read

The Schopenhauer Cure

Andrew Barley enters group therapy with Irvin Yalom.

Irvin Yalom is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford and is the author of one of his profession's standard texts, The Theory and Practice of Group Therapy. But nestled beneath the title of Yalom's new book The Schopenhauer Cure are the words, 'A Novel'. The words seem miserly for a book filled with so much. For beside the novel's story there's an interlaced psychological biography of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, Yalom's hallmark therapeutic tips woven in and twelve pages of…Read

Is Leon a good guy?

Mike Parker analyses the character of the eponymous anti-hero through the moral philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.

LEON: The professional starring gary oldman, jean reno & Natalie Portman

First released in 1994, Léon: The Professional a French thriller starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and the young Natalie Portman was a cult hit in Europe. Léon is now being re-marketed for the video rental market. There is also an extended version of the film, referred to as "international version" or "version intégrale" containing 25 minutes of additional footage, it is sometimes called the "Director's…Read

The Denial of the Will-To-Live

In Literature and Music

Eva Cybulska considers Schopenhauer's influence on writers and composers.

"To those in whom the will has turned and denied itself, this very real world ours, with its suns galaxies, is – nothing." Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, I: p.412 (from the 1969 edition, E.F.J. Payne trans., Dover Publications Inc.)

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was, and continues to be, a philosopher in a class of his own. He is mostly admired for the richness, depth and brilliance of his insights rather than for his consistency of vision. His writing style, clear…Read

On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason

The 200th anniversary of Arthur Schopenhauer’s first work, ‘On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason’ gives an opportunity to look back at this intriguing philosopher and see just why he has been so influential. This issue looks at his ideas from a variety of perspectives, and asks how relevant he is today. Schopenhauer is much more accessible than many of the classic German philosophers like Kant and Hegel, whose highly technical prose is impenetrable for many readers. Agree with him or not ( and I myself am in the ‘not’ camp,…Read