What is the meaning of life? How should I live? Is there any purpose to the universe? Generations have turned to the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer for answers to such essential questions of existence. His influence has extended not only to later philosophers - Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein among them - but also to musicians, artists, and novelists such as Tolstoy, Thomas Mann, and Proust. 'The Essential Schopenhauer', a English anthology of this seminal thinker’s writings, aims to open English readers to Schopenhauer’s profound ideas. Selected by Wolfgang Schirmacher, 'The Essential Schopenhauer' is an introduction to Schopenhauer’s body of work.