Arthur Schopenhauer


Arthur Schopenhauer the German Philosopher

Today’s Google Doodle 22 February 2013, if you visit the German Google website you will find the Arthur Schopenhauer Google Doodle. The Doodle shows what looks like Arthur Schopenhauer walking with his dog in a park. In the sky you can see several of the Arthur Schopenhauer theories surrounding the Philosopher’s thoughts!

Arthur Schopenhauer

According to the Wikipedia article about Arthur Schopenhauer he was born on February 22, 2013 in Danzig, He died on September 21, 1860 in Frankfurt Germany where he lived most of his life.

“Arthur Schopenhauer is best known for his book, The World as Will and Representation, in which he claimed that our world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will, continually seeking satisfaction. Influenced by Eastern thought, he maintained that the truth was recognized by the sages of India; consequently, his solutions to suffering were similar to those of Vedantic and Buddhist thinkers (i.e. asceticism); his faith in “transcendental ideality”[4] led him to accept atheism and learn from Christian philosophy.

In Schopenhauer’s 1851 essay Of Women, he expressed his opposition to what he called “Teutonico-Christian stupidity” on female affairs. He claimed that “woman is by nature meant to obey”, and opposed Schiller’s poem in honor of women, “Würde der Frauen” (“Dignity of Women”). The essay does give two compliments, however: that “women are decidedly more sober in their judgment than [men] are” and are more sympathetic to the suffering of others.

Schopenhauer’s controversial writings have influenced many, from Friedrich Nietzsche to nineteenth-century feminists.  Schopenhauer’s biological analysis of the difference between the sexes, and their separate roles in the struggle for survival and reproduction, anticipates some of the claims that were later ventured by sociobiologists and evolutionary psychologists.

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Arthur Schopenhauer

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Animal Welfare top priority for Arthur Schopenhauer

Although Arthur Schopenhauer were somewhat controversial I loved that Google have included what in my eyes were one of his best qualities. Arthur Schopenhauer loved animals, and that is why you can see one of his dogs in the doodle. According to the Wikipedia Article about Arthur Schopenhauer he believed that in essence animals, dogs and people were essentially the same.

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to living creatures cannot be a good man – by Arthur Schopenhauer