The art of being right
The text in this book from Schopenhauer's legacy and, in all likelihood, was meant to be a template for his lectures. However, we know that Schopenhauer's only lecture was the one with which he gained the right to teach as a private assistant at the University of Berlin. After that, the lectures are being announced for a while, but only announced.
The art of being right was printed and read mainly because of its manifest content, for instructions on how to reasonably argue and win discussions, advice on what kind of procedure we can apply to win, which, of course, attracts many. The instructions on what kind of interventions are to be used are not the presentation of philosophical truths; indeed, Schopenhauer emphasizes on several occasions that the truth or untruth of someone's attitude is not what it deals with, but it is exclusively about the effectiveness of those procedures. Argumentation advices are not only an instruction for competition, but the emphasis on one possible approach to the use of reason.
Everyone will generally try to impose his claim even when it seems wrong and doubtful for a moment. The auxiliary means in each case provide their own clarity and weakness; This shows us the daily experience of discussion: everyone has his own natural dialectic, as he has his natural logic. The only thing is that natural dialectic does not lead us as surely as natural logic does. It's hard to think or argue against the laws of logic: there are a lot of false claims, and there are few wrong conclusions.
Your opponent's claim needs to be spread beyond its natural boundaries, interpret it as more general as possible, understand it in the widest possible sense and exaggerate; But your own claim should be narrowed as much as possible, reduce it to narrow boundaries, because the more general the claim is, the more it is exposed to numerous attacks.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788, Danzig - 1860, Frankfurt) was a German philosopher. He worked as a private docent at the University of Berlin from 1820, but soon, because of disagreements with Hegel, he stopped lecturing. He lived in Frankfurt from 1832, where he worked as a private teacher.
Critically continuing the philosophy of classical German idealism, he built an original and unique doctrine that includes epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics and ethics, and is called the philosophy of pessimism. According to Schopenhauer's philosophy, man's life is only infinite suffering and a series of defeats, therefore this world is the worst of all possible worlds, and ethical meaning can only be found in compassion and help to others.
His important works include The World as Will and Representation, On vision and colors, On the will in nature, Parerga and paralipomena, The Two Basic Problems of Ethics and The Art of Being Right.
- ISBN: 978-953-8075-64-3
- Dimensions: 110x160 mm
- Number of pages: 84
- Cover: paperback
- Year of the edition: 2019
- Original title: Eristiche Dialektik. Die Kunst, recht zu behalten
- Original language: German
- Translation: Nadežda Čačinovič