Thursday, September 6, 2007

Schopenhauer's Gift

During the 1820’s, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) approached an English publisher about translating Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Schopenhauer, who had a mastery of Kant’s work and whose good English was complemented by a superb literary style, was turned down. “One can only speculate,” writes Christopher Janaway,” how the history of ideas would have been affected had he succeeded in making Kant more accessible to the English-speaking world at this comparatively early date.”
(Quote from Christopher Janaway, Schopenhauer [Viking, 1994], p. 10)

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