Schopenhauer / Edition 1

Schopenhauer / Edition 1

by Robert J. Wicks
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405134798

ISBN-13: 9781405134798

Pub. Date: 05/06/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Arthur Schopenhauer's reputation as a cynic and a misanthrope often obscures the complexity and humanity of his philosophy. In this innovative volume, Robert Wicks breaks away from the accepted oversimplification of Schopenhauer as an incurable pessimist to present an insightful portrait of his life and work.

Beginning with a look at his early life and the people

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Overview

Arthur Schopenhauer's reputation as a cynic and a misanthrope often obscures the complexity and humanity of his philosophy. In this innovative volume, Robert Wicks breaks away from the accepted oversimplification of Schopenhauer as an incurable pessimist to present an insightful portrait of his life and work.

Beginning with a look at his early life and the people and circumstances that shaped his thinking, the book situates Schopenhauer's philosophical work within the context of these formative years. It examines Schopenhauer's aesthetic and moral theories, his affinity toward Asian mysticism and Christianity, as well as his ideas about the sublime, consciousness, empathy, humanity, and "Will". The volume focuses on the composition and structure of Schopenhauer's philosophy and explores his intellectual links to Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein. An essential resource for students and scholars of aesthetics and nineteenth-century philosophy, this is an important introduction to a unique and influential thinker.

About the Author:
Robert Wicks is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405134798
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Blackwell Great Minds Series, #25
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 The philosophy of a nonconformist (1788-1860) 1

Pt. I Schopenhauer's theoretical philosophy 15

2 Historical background 17

3 The principle of sufficient reason 30

4 Schopenhauer's idealism and his criticism of Kant 39

5 The world in it self as a meaningless and almighty will 53

6 Critical interpretations of the world as will 67

Pt. II Schopenhauer's practical philosophy 81

7 Endless suffering in the daily world 83

8 Tranquility I: sublimity, genius, and aesthetic experience 95

9 Tranquility II: Christlike virtue and moral awareness 114

10 Tranquility III: asceticism, mysticism, and Buddhism 127

Pt. III Schopenhauer in perspective 143

11 Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and eternal life 145

12 Schopenhauer, Hegel, and alienated labor 161

13 Schopenhauer, Wittgenstein, and the unspeakable 173

Conclusion: idealism and the will to peace 184

bibliography 191

index 194

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