Schopenhauer

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This book gives a succinct explanation of Schopenhauer’s metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of thought which inspired many artists and thinkers such as Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer’s central notion is that of the will – a blind, irrational force which he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Christopher Janaway confronts Schopenhauer’s uncompromising, pessimistic view that for the humanindividual non-existence would be preferable, and his claim that only aesthetic experience and saintly self-denial – escape from the will – can give life value. Schopenhauer is revealed as a challenging, progressive, and highly influential thinker.

ISBN: 9780192802590 Author: Janaway, Christopher Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 21st February 2002 Imprint: Oxford University Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 193 (edition:21) Pages: 137 Language: English Readership: College - higher education / Code: F Category: Subjects: ,

Schopenhauer is the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer’s central notion is that of the will – a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Seeing human behaviour as that of a naturalorganism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexuality which influenced both psychologists and philosophers.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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