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Thursday, December 04, 2008

OA collection of Schopenhauer manuscripts

SchopenhauerSource is a new OA collection of digitized manuscripts by philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.) See this article from

... The website is being curated by a group of German and Italian researchers coordinated by Sandro Barbera from the Linguistics Department at the University of Pisa. The site was set up thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Manuscripts Section at Berlin’s State Library, the Schopenhauer Archives, the Library of the University of Frankfurt Meno, the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris and the company Net7. The initiative was carried out as part of the European project called ‘Discovery’ and COST (‘Open Scholarly Communities on the Web’) belonging to the European Community.

The site’s objective is to provide scholars with digital reproductions of Arthur Schopenhauer’s entire manuscript, which is made up of more than 10,000 pages. ... The books belonging to his personal library contain notes that he wrote in the margins ... Some editions of his works, and in particular his personal texts, are accompanied with notes. On occasion, full pages of hand-written text alternate with printed pages. Schopenhaur had his works bound in this way. Much of the writing transcribed in these samples has yet to be published.

At present, the site contains approximately half of his manuscript, which is also catalogued. By 2009, the text will be completely inserted, in addition to the first group of volumes noted from Schopenhauer’s personal library. Soon, other texts will also be part of the site including the notes that Schopenhauer took while he was a student at the University of Gottinga and Berlin.