Philosophy - Schopenhauer

Are love and the will to life at odds? Arthur Schopenhauer's take on human nature and the importance of love—as well as the unimportance of happiness—is the focus of a philosophy video that compares Schopenhauer's worldview to Buddhism.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a social studies class when discussing German philosophy or the influence of Buddhism in the western world
  • Have class members compare the views of Schopenhauer to his 19th century peers throughout Europe and the United States
Classroom Considerations

  • Discusses Schopenhauer's opinion toward sexual desire, which may not be a discussion you want to have with younger learners
  • Subtitles are set to Arabic, but can be changed to several different languages
Pros

  • Schopenhauer's pessimism may appeal to teenagers who currently share the same view
  • Animation and pictures keep the video engaging
Cons

  • None