A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes by Witold Gombrowicz

By Witold Gombrowicz

Possibly a person within the Amazon neighborhood can disabuse me of this thought, yet this publication turns out nearly solely valueless. if you would like a really speedy advent to those philosophers, you'll do higher on Wikipedia (especially the German version). Gombrowicz is, i believe, one of many relevant novelists of the final century. His brief tales are large; "Cosmos" within the new translation is a masterpiece. i assumed that whether I wasn't persuaded via his tackle philosophy, i'd study anything approximately him, or approximately his novels; and that i additionally inspiration I'de be entertained, simply because he will be fabulously funny.

But i will not get any perception into his novels from this; it truly is it sounds as if meant to be whimsical, yet for me, a minimum of, there is not a lot whimsy the following. and that i wouldn't learn it for info approximately those philosophers.

But if a person available in the market could make the relationship among his novels and this booklet, i would be at liberty to listen to approximately it.

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The wolf feeds on the cat, the cat on the mouse, etc. Schopenhauer’s great merit is to have found that decisive thing: death, pain, the eternal war that each being must wage in order to survive. I always considered that philosophy must not be intellectual but something which starts from our sensibility. For example, for me, the simple fact that I am aware of the existence of a tree has no importance until it brings me pleasure or pain. Only then does it become significant. It is this idea which I try to introduce in interviews, etc.

If you enjoy eating steak, it is because you felt hungry beforehand. For Schopenhauer, life is a continuous, culpable malaise. According to Schopenhauer, what possibility is there of leaving this hellish imbroglio? 29 witold gombrowicz Suicide? No, this would be useless because by committing suicide, we only confirm our will to live. Because if I kill myself, it is because my will to live was not satisfied. The sole way of breaking free of the will to live is by renunciation. I kill my will to live within myself.

51 witold gombrowicz more than facts of my consciousness which I cannot even call “my” consciousness, since “my” consciousness is only a fact of “the” definitive consciousness. Everything reduces to phenomena in my consciousness. How, in this state of things, can one do philosophy? For this definitive consciousness, nothing else remains than for it to “judge” itself. As consciousness is conscious of something, so, it is conscious of itself. Consciousness separates itself so to speak into several parts, which can be described as follows: first, second, third consciousness.

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