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Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential texts in nineteenth-century German philosophy. The text provides an avenue through which to introduce and explore a rich assortment of philosophical themes and questions, and represents Schopenhauer's widely discussed attempt to find personal meaning amidst a violent, frustrating and seemingly godless world. Since it was published in 1818, the text has influenced generations of musicians, artists, writers and historians, as well as philosophers.

This Reader's Guide presents a concise and accessible introduction to the text, offering invaluable guidance on:

- Philosophical context

- Key themes

- Reading the text

- Reception and influence

- Further reading

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