The Philosophy of Schopenhauer
Jacket image for The Philosophy of Schopenhauer
View larger image
Series: Continental European Philosophy
Author(s): Dale Jacquette  
ISBN: 184465009X
ISBN-13: 9781844650095
Publication Date: 30/04/2005
Pages: 320 (234 x 156mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £19.99
Discount Price: £15.99
Add to basket

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) crafted one of the most comprehensive philosophical systems the world has ever seen. He weaved together the ideas of Plato, Kant and Asian religions into an encyclopedic worldview that combines the empirical science of his day with Eastern mysticism in a radically idealist metaphysics and epistemology. In The Philosophy of Schopenhauer, Dale Jacquette assesses Schopenhauer's philosophical enterprise and the astonishing array of implications it has for metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of logic, science and religion.

Jacquette provides clear exposition and analysis of the central topics in Schopenhauer's philosophy including his so-called pessimistic philosophical appraisal of the human condition, his examination of the concept of death, his dualistic analysis of free will, and his simplified non-Kantian theory of morality. His metaphysics of the world as representation and Will – his most important and controversial contribution to philosophy – is discussed in depth and the arguments by which he hopes to prove that thing-in-itself is Will are evaluated. The legacy of Schopenhauer's ideas, and in particular his influence on Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, is explored in the final chapter.

"excellent. . . Jacquette's guide to Schopenhauer's thought achieves its aims remarkably well, providing an in-depth, well-argued, sympathetic, but still critical reconstruction of all of the central aspects of Schopenhauer's philosophy. Jacquette's work also provides an important interpretation of the philosopher's central metaphysical claim and its ramifications for thinking about human freedom and ethics." – Mind

"A comprehensive and original interpretation of Schopenhauer's philosophy. Jacquette makes good use of both the primary and secondary literature, and his writing style is clear and direct. His treatment is both sympathetic and critical, and he presents Schopenhauer as a more rigorous thinker than can be found in most introductory works." – David Cartwright, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Dale Jacquette is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

A note on texts and terminology
Introduction: Schopenhauer's Life and Times
1. Schopenhauer's idealism
2. Empirical knowledge of the world as representation
3. Willing and the world as Will
4. Suffering, salvation, death, and renunciation of the will to life
5. Art and aesthetics of the beautiful and sublime
6. Transcendental freedom of Will
7. Compassion as the philosophical foundation of morality
8. Schopenhauer's legacy in the philosophy of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the early Wittgenstein
Bibliography and recommended reading

Also available in Hardback (1844650081), priced 60.00

Click here to buy the hardback edition