The Two Fundamental Problems of Ethics

The Two Fundamental Problems of Ethics

by Arthur Schopenhauer, David Cartwright, Edward E. Erdmann, Christopher Janaway
     
 

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These two important essays show Schopenhauer at his most accessible, offering two self-contained and clearly argued contributions to ethical theory, published here in a new translation that preserves Schopenhauer's style in a lucid and engaging way. This is also the only paperback edition to publish both essays together. Schopenhauer argues, in uniquely powerful

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These two important essays show Schopenhauer at his most accessible, offering two self-contained and clearly argued contributions to ethical theory, published here in a new translation that preserves Schopenhauer's style in a lucid and engaging way. This is also the only paperback edition to publish both essays together. Schopenhauer argues, in uniquely powerful prose, that self-consciousness gives the illusion of freedom and that human actions are determined, but that we rightly feel guilt because our actions issue from our essential individual character. He locates moral value in the virtues of loving kindness and voluntary justice that spring from the fundamental incentive of compassion. Morality's basis is ultimately metaphysical, resting on an intuitive identification of the self with all other striving and suffering beings. The Introduction by leading Schopenhauer scholar Christopher Janaway gives a clear summary of the argument of the essays in the context of Schopenhauer's life and works and the history of ethics in the modern period. The volume includes helpful notes, up-to-date bibliography, and a full index.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199297221
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/11/2010
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
543,339
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
Edward E. Erdmann is Associate Professor in Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
Christopher Janaway is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

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