A devout believer in the supremacy of will over intellect, Arthur Schopenhauer developed a metaphysical theory that influenced such thinkers as Nietzsche, Wagner, Wittgenstein, and Freud. These six essays are drawn from the chapters entitled Zur Ethik
and Zur Rechtslehre und Politik,
which originated in the philosopher’s Parerga,
as well as from his posthumously published writings.
More than any other work, On Human Nature
offers an expression of Schopenhauer's views, including the depth of his interests, his biases, and his philosophy. Students of history and philosophy along with other readers will appreciate these lucid, accessible observations on government, free will and fatalism, character, moral instinct, and ethics.
Reprint of On Human Nature: Essays (Partly Posthumous) in Ethics and Politics, Swan Sonnenschein, London, 1897.