THE PESSIMIST – Arthur Schopenhauer (February 22, 1788 – September 21, 1860) was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind noumenal will. His work has been described as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism.
In any case, Schopenhauer was leery regarding what he called the will.
PESSIMISM (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Pessimism is a negative mental attitude in which an undesirable outcome is anticipated from a given situation.
Philosophical pessimism is the related idea that views the world in a strictly anti-optimistic fashion. This form of pessimism is not an emotional disposition as the term commonly connotes. Instead, it is a philosophy or worldview that assigns a negative value to life or existence. Philosophical pessimists commonly argue that the world contains an empirical prevalence of pains over pleasures, that life is ontologically or intrinsically adverse to living beings, and that existence is fundamentally meaningless or without purpose. Their responses to this condition, however, are widely varied and can be life-affirming.
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