By Witold Gombrowicz
Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, used to be essentially the most vital Polish writers of the 20 th century. A candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he used to be defined by way of Milan Kundera as “one of the nice novelists of our century” and through John Updike as “one of the profoundest of the overdue moderns.”
Gombrowicz’s works have been thought of scandalous and subversive by way of the ruling powers in Poland and have been banned for almost 40 years. He spent his final years in France instructing philosophy; this publication is a sequence of reflections in line with his lectures.
Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six “one-hour” essays and addresses Marxism in a shorter “fifteen-minute” piece. The text—a small literary gem jam-packed with sardonic wit, awesome insights, and provocative criticism—constructs the philosophical lineage of his work.
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Let us move from this vision of Schopenhauer to the Schopenhauerian world. This is the first time that philosophy touches life. What is the will to live for Schopenhauer? He himself says that he uses these words because nothing better comes to mind. In truth, it is more the will to be, because for Schopenhauer, not only do man and animals want to live, but also the rock that resists and the light that persists. Schopenhauer says that this is the Kantian noumenon, this is the absolute. IMPORTANTFor Schopenhauer, in the metaphysical sense (beyond physical), this concerns a single will to be, absolutely identical for me and for this table.
For example: I have my past, I am already made, defined, achieved. But when I head toward the future, I leave the world of things in order to enter into the fulfillment of myself. 3. Man is a thing by his situation, which takes away his freedom. Here is the well-known question of freedom which makes us responsible for ourselves. Evidently, we have two perfectly contradictory feelings. On the one hand, we are merely the effect of a cause. Example: if I drink, it is because I am thirsty. If, according to Freudianism, I have a complex, it is the result of a shock.
Designed by Nancy Ovedovitz and set in Adobe Garamond type by Integrated Publishing Solutions. Printed in the United States of America by R. R. Donnelley. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Gombrowicz, Witold. [Cours de philosophie en six heures un quart. English] A guide to philosophy in six hours and fifteen minutes/ Witold Gombrowicz; translated by Benjamin Ivry. p. cm. ISBN 0-300-10409-X (cloth: alk. paper) 1. Philosophy, European. 2. Philosophy, Modern. I. Ivry, Benjamin. II.