Nietzsche, Schopenhauer & Houellebecq

Eddie Ejjbair
7 min readFeb 12

Michel Houellebecq — who is arguably the most important author alive — is a figurative descendant of Schopenhauer. As many have already pointed out, the whole of Houellebecq’s work can be read through the filter of Schopenhauer’s philosophy:

In both cases, suffering is taken for granted, and there is the same pessimism, the same conception of style, and even the same central emphasis on compassion…

Eddie Ejjbair

‘Gradually it’s become clear to me what every great philosophy has been: a personal confession of its author and a kind of involuntary and unconscious memoir’