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Reasons to be cheerful?




The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer argued that anyone who truly saw the truth about the suffering and futility in human life would think it better never to have existed. Was this pessimistic view merely the result of his own skewed personal outlook, or did he have good reasons for it? And can things like love, art, morality or religion offer us any comfort?

Why is this important?

Schopenhauer’s pessimism was an important cultural influence in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Schopenhauer, pessimism

Year group

12, 13


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