Is a dictionary of philosophy necessary for reading Schopenhauer? I heard that he refused to use jargon and tried to write very clear.

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    It depends on how many words you already know, but he is generally accessible. It may help to know something of Kant. Did you try reading Schopenhauer?
    – Conifold
    Mar 26, 2019 at 20:48
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    This may help you: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Gordon
    Mar 26, 2019 at 23:08
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    i'd say a good dictionary is probably enough. It is for most philosophers, and saves a lot of time.
    – user20253
    Mar 27, 2019 at 10:47
  • Is a normal dictionary enough (not a philosophy one)? E.g. The Oxford American Dictionary. Mar 27, 2019 at 14:43

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Try to read the book on its self.

If there are some unknown words, try to look it up on Oxford Dictionaries.

Me as a beginner in the philosophical literature, it helps a lot.

But you have to always count with the fact, that there might be some words, that do not officially exist or are a little bit different in the context of what you are reading.

The summary is, you will find most of the words there, but not all of them.

  • So you suggest me to use a simple english dictionary, not a philosophy one? Mar 27, 2019 at 14:41
  • @PopularăSălaj I suggest that you might want to try the web dictionary, which is free and contains the same content as their philosophy one. It is not only a simple dictionary because it contains the content of all their printed dictionaries.
    – Hugo Vrana
    Mar 27, 2019 at 14:50

I recommend on the technical side:

Historical Dictionary of Schopenhauer's Philosophy (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series) David E. Cartwright ISBN 10: 0810853248 / ISBN 13: 9780810853249 Published by Scarecrow Press, 2004

Easily available in US & UK. The Oxford English Dictionary in any of its versions should be adequate on the non-technical side.

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