[lit-ideas] Re: E Mail and Schopenhauer

  • From: JulieReneB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 12:35:19 EDT

Thank you for the info.  As something of a language fanatic, in College I 
became fluent in Spanish and French, was reading Homer in Greek and the Torah 
Hebrew.  I developed friendships with a gal from Korea, one from Russia, and 
one from Iran and was well on my way to becoming conversant in Korean, Russian 
and Farsee.  I took one semester of German and swore it was the most 
impossibley difficult and obscure language I'd ever met and that I loathed it.  
never understood what about that particular language was so excruciatingly 
difficult for me to wrap my mind around.  Maybe when my kids are grown I'll 
in a local College course and try it again <g>.
Julie Krueger

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Date:5/16/2004 2:27:26 AM Central Daylight Time
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On Sat, 15 May 2004 22:15:29 EDT, JulieReneB@xxxxxxx wrote:

>Please tell me those are available in English, Spanish, or French....
>Julie Krueger
>hapless with the Germanic languages

I will not exactly recommend any translation of Schopenhauers
work - one should avoid translations of German philosophers into
English for many reason.=20

What I would like to recommend is that you do what Borges did -
learn German. But since I have a feeling that's not going to
happen, I'll just mention that there is a Oxford UP translation
of Parerga & Paralipomena 2 vol. trans by E. F. Payne (1985).

And I have just discovered an online edition of "Die Kunst, Recht
zu behalten" (The Art of Controversy?) in both German and English
(thanks to the excellent http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/)
The english translator is kind enough to inform his not so
intelligent readers "The intelligent reader will discover that a
good deal of its contents is of an ironical character." That is
certainly true, so this may not be the best introduction to
Schopenhauer. But a must read, certainly!=20

Also there is an English translation of Rudiger Safranskis book
on Schopenhauer (haven't read that one, but Safranskis work is
usually very good). Frederick Coplestons book on Schopenhauer is
a decent and not too difficult introduction.

P. H. Lundbech
Odense, DK

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