A Companion to Schopenhauer

A Companion to Schopenhauer

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A Companion to Schopenhauer provides a comprehensive guide to all the important facets of Schopenhauer s philosophy. The volume contains 26 newly commissioned essays by prominent Schopenhauer scholars working in the field today. * A thoroughly comprehensive guide to the life, work, and thought of Arthur Schopenhauer * Demonstrates the range of Schopenhauer s work and illuminates the debates it has generated *26 newly commissioned essays by some of the most prominent Schopenhauer scholars working today reflect the very latest trends in Schopenhauer scholarship * Covers the full range of historical and philosophical perspectives on Schopenhauer s work * Discusses his seminal contributions to our understanding of knowledge, perception, morality, science, logic and mathematics, Platonic Ideas, the unconscious, aesthetic experience, art, colours, sexuality, will, compassion, pessimism, tragedy, pleasure, and happiness
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 171 x 244 x 20mm | 644g
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hoboken, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1119144809
  • 9781119144809
  • 814,383

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Schopenhauer is often considered an outsider among philosophers, and yet his philosophy deeply influenced key thinkers and writers, including Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Proust, and remains a significant source of inspiration in philosophical research. A Companion to Schopenhauer offers the first comprehensive guide to the philosopher, covering all the major aspects of his work. It showcases contemporary scholarship on Schopenhauer and allows readers to engage in debates concerning Schopenhauer's ideas on a wide range of topics.

The reference contains 25 newly commissioned chapters by prominent Schopenhauer scholars working in the field today. These cover Schopenhauer's life and thought, and the crucial areas of his work, including: nature, knowledge and perception; world, will and life; art, beauty and the sublime; compassion, resignation and sainthood; and in-depth discussion of the context and legacy of Schopenhauer's thought. Contributors also provide fresh treatments of his theory of the Platonic Ideas, his philosophy of resignation, his views on love and sexuality, his color theory, his relationship to Indian philosophy and to Freudian psychoanalysis, and his often neglected ideas on perception, mathematics, scientific knowledge and the will in nature.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors x Acknowledgments xiv A Note on Cross-References xv List of Abbreviations xvi Introduction: Arthur Schopenhauer: The Man and His Work 1 Bart Vandenabeele Part I Nature, Knowledge and Perception 9 1 Schopenhauer on Scientific Knowledge 11 Vojislav Bozickovic 2 Perception and Understanding: Schopenhauer, Reid and Kant 25 Paul Guyer 3 Schopenhauer s Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 43 Dale Jacquette 4 Schopenhauer s Color Theory 60 Paul F.H. Lauxtermann 5 Schopenhauer and Transcendental Idealism 70 Douglas McDermid Part II World, Will and Life 87 6 Schopenhauer s Philosophy of the Dark Origin 89 William Desmond 7 The Consistency of Schopenhauer s Metaphysics 105 G. Steven Neeley 8 Schopenhauer on Sex, Love and Emotions 120 Gudrun von Tevenar 9 Schopenhauer and Platonic Ideas 133 Frank C. White 10 Schopenhauer s On the Will in Nature: The Reciprocal Containment of Idealism and Realism 147 Robert Wicks Part III Art, Beauty and the Sublime 163 11 Schopenhauer s Philosophy of Music 165 Robert W. Hall 12 Schopenhauer s Theory of Architecture 178 W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz 13 The Artist as Subject of Pure Cognition 193 Matthias Kossler 14 Schopenhauer on Tragedy and the Sublime 206 Alex Neill 15 Schopenhauer and the Objectivity of Art 219 Bart Vandenabeele Part IV Compassion, Resignation and Sainthood 235 16 Schopenhauer on the Metaphysics of Art and Morality 237 Daniel Came 17 Schopenhauer on the Value of Compassion 249 David E. Cartwright 18 Schopenhauer and Indian Philosophy 266 David E. Cooper 19 Life-Denial versus Life-Affi rmation: Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on Pessimism and Asceticism 280 Ken Gemes and Christopher Janaway 20 Schopenhauer on the Inevitability of Unhappiness 300 Ivan Soll Part V Schopenhauer s Context and Legacy 315 21 Schopenhauer and Freud 317 Stephan Atzert 22 Schopenhauer s Impact on European Literature 333 Paul Bishop 23 Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Wagner 349 Bernard Reginster 24 Schopenhauer s Infl uence on Wittgenstein 367 Severin Schroeder 25 Schopenhauer s Fairy Tale about Fichte: The Origin of The World as Will and Representation in German Idealism 385 Gunter Zoller Index 403
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"The essays uniformly succeed in engaging their topics in ways that will make them accessible to intermediate undergraduates but also interest graduate students and scholars. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Intermediate to advanced undergraduates and above." ("Choice", 1 September 2012)
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About Bart Vandenabeele

Bart Vandenabeele is Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art at Ghent University, Belgium. He has written extensively on 18th- and 19th-century philosophy, the history of aesthetics, the philosophy of art, and the philosophy of language and communication. Vandenabeele is associate editor of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication and a member of the international advisory board of the Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft.
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