Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer

by Robert J. Wicks
     
 

Arthur Schopenhauer's reputation as a cynic and a misanthrope often obscures the humanity and complexity 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

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Arthur Schopenhauer's reputation as a cynic and a misanthrope often obscures the humanity and complexity 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 circumstances and people that shaped his thinking, the book situates Schopenhauer’s philosophical writings 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 asceticism, the sublime, consciousness, empathy, humanity, and "Will". The volume focuses on the composition and structure of Schopenhauer’s philosophy and concludes by exploring 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Robert Wicks offers a highly accessible introduction to Schopenhauer's philosophy, giving prominence to the central ethical notions of tranquility and wanting less, which he compares in illuminating fashion with Buddhism."
- Chris Janaway, University of Southampton

"Robert Wicks' Schopenhauer is a perspicacious and perspicuous elucidation of the great pessimist's thoughts. This is a fine work of philosophical scholarship, valuable for those approaching Schopenhauer for the first time and for those who have been with him for years."
- David Cartwright, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405134804
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/03/2008
Series:
Blackwell Great Minds Series
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,346,024
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.65(d)

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From the Publisher
"Robert Wicks offers a highly accessible introduction to Schopenhauer's philosophy, giving prominence to the central ethical notions of tranquility and wanting less, which he compares in illuminating fashion with Buddhism."
-Chris Janaway, University of Southampton

"Robert Wicks' Schopenhauer is a perspicacious and perspicuous elucidation of the great pessimist's thoughts. This is a fine work of philosophical scholarship, valuable for those approaching Schopenhauer for the first time and for those who have been with him for years."
-David Cartwright, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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