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[shoh-puh n-hou-er; German shoh-puh n-hou-uh r] /ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊ ər; German ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊ ər/
[ahr-too r] /ˈɑr tʊər/ (Show IPA),
1788–1860, German philosopher.
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[shoh-puh n-houuh r-ee-uh n, -hou-er-, shoh-puh n-hou-eer-ee-uh n] /ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊər i ən, -ˌhaʊ ər-, ˌʃoʊ pən haʊˈɪər i ən/ (Show IPA),
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  • And, like Schopenhauer, he masked this undue sensibility with a repelling misanthropy.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • For instance, the mention of Schopenhauer produced smiles and laughter.

  • Maeterlinck told Huret that he had been influenced by Schopenhauer "qui arrive jusqu' vous consoler de la mort."

  • Schopenhauer was quite right when he said life was not worth living.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • In spite of this attitude there is much in Schopenhauer's system, which is closely akin to Christianity on its mystical side.

    Schopenhauer Margrieta Beer
  • Not that I profess to know anything either about Hegel or Schopenhauer.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for Schopenhauer


/German ˈʃoːpənhauər/
Arthur (ˈartʊr). 1788–1860, German pessimist philosopher. In his chief work, The World as Will and Idea (1819), he expounded the view that will is the creative primary factor and idea the secondary receptive factor
Derived Forms
Schopenhauerian (ˌʃəʊpənˈhaʊərɪən) adjective
Schopenhauerism, noun
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