Schopenhauer's System in Its Philosophical Significance

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byWilliam Caldwell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896. Excerpt: ... 60 CHAPTER II. SCHOPENHAUER AND IDEALISM. "Ihr folget falscher Spur; Denkt nicht, wir scherzen! 1st nicht der Keru der Natur Menschen ira Herzeu?"--Goethk, Gott und Welt. "' The world is my idea': this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness. If he really does this he has attained to philosophical wisdom. It then becomes clear and certain to him that what he knows is not a sun and an earth, but only an eye that sees a sun, a hand that feels an earth; that the world which surrounds him is there only as idea--i.e., only in relation to something else, the consciousness which is himself. If any truth can be asserted a priori it is this; for it is the expression of the most general form of all possible and thinkable experience,--a form which is more general than time or space or causality, for they all presuppose it; and each of these, which we have seen to be just so many modes of the principle of sufficient reason, is valid only for a particular class of ideas; whereas the antithesis of object and subject is the common form of all these classes, is that form under which alone any idea of whatever kind it may be, abstract or intuitive, pure or empirical, is possible and thinkable. No truth, therefore, is more certain, more independent of all others, and less in need of proof than this, that all that exists for knowledge, and therefore this whole world, is only object in relation to subject, perception of a perceiver--in a word, idea." 1 It will be evident from what has been said in the preceding chapter that Schopenhauer's philosophy, like most philosophies, is an attempt to overcome the dualism or the sense of discrepancy and contradiction which seems to charact...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896. Excerpt: ... 60 CHAPTER II. SCHOPENHAUER AND IDEALISM. "Ihr folget falscher Spur; Denkt nicht, wir scherzen! 1st nicht der Keru der Natur M...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:174 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.37 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217870589

ISBN - 13:9780217870580

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