https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RLEX4LIZTH4A3/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0674792769: Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy
It is worth considering the larger sphere of german classical philosophy before the coming of leftist scientism and is surprised to discover i had reviewed this book in 2001 at amazon. It has a compelling tale of one of most profound philosophers of this period and it is one of the best of safranski’s bios which don’t include a treatment of kant.
Looking at the sterility of marxism and secular humanism one wonders how such a feast of reason in the period from Kant to Hegel could have been excised from cultural thought (and it should also include spinoza).
A new leftist humanism is needed that can accompany a post marxist left and while the eerily strange schopenhauer is a bit too much for most leftists he is nonetheless a possible resource for a more robust humanism that can stretch between the upanishads, buddhism, plato, kant, and even hegel (to whom shopenhauer was a dialectical complement) up to the misleading era of feuerbach.
Marxists have locked themselves in a box of nineteenth century positivism and the result has been to divorce itself from the broader domain of human thought. Schopenhauer is useful also for showing the source of nietzsche’s confusions which have come to dominate in the wake of the fall of modern philosophy.