Self and World in Schopenhauers Philosophy

Paperback | April 15, 2000

byChristopher Janaway

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Arthur Schopenhauer's central philosophical achievement was his account of the self and its relation to the world of objects. Embracing epistemological, metaphysical, psychological, and physiological concerns, his dynamic system of thought reveals in a unique way the serious philosophicalconflicts that can arise when we think about the self. This book is the first full-length study of this theme, and Christopher Janaway's approach to it is historical, yet at the same time has a clear philosophical emphasis. He explores in unusual depth Schopenhauer's often ambivalent relation toKant, seeing him as a pertinent critic, especially on the issues of idealism and free will. He shows that, while accepting transcendental idealism and the notion of a pure knowing 'I', Schopenhauer was always concerned to establish a rival view of the self as willing: primarily active, embodied,organic, and manifesting pre-rational ends and drives. In the final part of the book Janaway highlights the influence of Schop

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Arthur Schopenhauer's central philosophical achievement was his account of the self and its relation to the world of objects. Embracing epistemological, metaphysical, psychological, and physiological concerns, his dynamic system of thought reveals in a unique way the serious philosophicalconflicts that can arise when we think about the...

Christopher Janaway is Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:390 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Development of Schopenhauer's Philosophy2. Kantian Objects3. Kantian Subjects4. Subject and Object in Schopenhauer5. Idealism6. Materialism7. Knowing the Thing in Itself8. Willing and Acting9. Determinism and Responsibility10. The Primacy of Will11. Freedom from Will12. Self and World13. Remarks on Wittgenstein and Nietzsche14. ConclusionsBibliography; Index

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"An unusual and superlative work that does more than justice to the epistemic and metaphysical issues that lie at the heart of a philosophical understanding of the self and the world....What is striking about this original study is the detailed and illuminating analysis of the Kantian background ofSchopenhauer's thought, the careful examination of Schopenhauer's idealist standpoint, his distinctions between subject and object, and the thoughtful and insightful analyses of 'will' and 'willing.'"--Choice