Arthur Schopenhauer's Freedom Of Philosophy

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Arthur Schopenhauer, a German Philosopher, argues that reading “robs the mind of all elasticity” (Line 20). Schopenhauer does this by claiming that reading “forces thoughts upon the mind” (Line 5-6) creating a point in which the mind cannot return to where it was before reading. More importantly, this leads to Schopenhauer’s belief that in order to achieve efficient learning, one must think for oneself before proceeding to reading. Furthermore, Schopenhauer claims thinking for oneself will allow you to achieve learning more intimately and purposefully. Schopenhauer’s claim reveals a clear possibility that reading is a hindrance of one’s learning, not an augment. One who lacks independent thinking will lack a clear understanding of the subject. This value of independent thought should be incorporated into all learning regardless of subject to increase understanding and liking. Thought is central to today’s learning. Complete understanding of a subject, however, proves difficult. Thinking for oneself, allows for the utmost freedom of thought. Religion provides a prime example of such freedom. Christianity, in particular, allows an individual to think for oneself for their beliefs and prayers. Whether it be in church or in the household, Christianity allows for freedom of thought for those who follow it, hoping to increase their liking for the belief. It is at this point that a learner and a thinker can be distinguished. One who wishes to learn, will only read the contents of
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