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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 122 PHILOSOPHY OF ART

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

A SHORTCUT TO REALITY

“Music is as direct an objectification and copy of the whole will as the world itself, nay, even as the Ideas, whose multiplied manifestation constitutes the world of individual things.”

Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea

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Okay, so it’s not the most inviting quote in the world. But it does sum up Schopenhauer’s philosophy of art fairly well, so let’s take a minute to dissect it. First off, what does he mean by the will? You can think of the will, as ...

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