Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byChristopher Janaway

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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'scentral 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 natural organism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexualitywhich influenced both psychologists and philosophers.

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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'scentral notion is that of the will - a blind, ir...

Christopher Janaway is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birbeck College, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Schopenhauer's life and works2. Within and beyond appearance3. The world as will and representation4. Will, body, and the self5. Character, sex, and the unconscious6. Art and ideas7. Ethics: seeing the world aright8. Existence and pessimism9. Schopenhauer's influenceFurther reading

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`an excellent brief introduction to Schopenhauer's thought - well-written, concise, and pitched at just the right level.'Christopher Norris, University of Wales