Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

If there is anything in the world that can really be called a man’s property, it is surely that which is the result of his mental activity.

 
Context
At the time copyright, patents, and intellectual property in general were relatively new ideas. Property had in earlier countries been limited to tangible things—including people (wives and slaves). The Western world had in large part adopted the concept of intellectual property in law, but the average person’s thinking did not include these intangibles as “property.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Born: February 22, 1788
  • Died: September 21, 1860
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Philosopher

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), wherein he characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind and insatiable metaphysical will. Proceeding from the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant, Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that has been described as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism, rejecting the contemporaneous post-Kantian philosophies of German idealism. Schopenhauer was among the first thinkers in Western philosophy to share and affirm significant tenets of Eastern philosophy (e.g., asceticism, the world-as-appearance), having initially arrived at similar conclusions as the result of his own philosophical work.