Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860-1900

Hardcover | May 27, 2016

byFrederick C. Beiser

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Weltschmerz is a study of the pessimism that dominated German philosophy in the second half of the nineteenth century. Pessimism was essentially the theory that life is not worth living. This theory was introduced into German philosophy by Schopenhauer, whose philosophy became very fashionablein the 1860s. Frederick C. Beiser examines the intense and long controversy that arose from Schopenhauer's pessimism, which changed the agenda of philosophy in Germany away from the logic of the sciences and toward an examination of the value of life. He examines the major defenders of pessimism (Philipp Mainlander, Eduard von Hartmann and Julius Bahnsen) and its chief critics, especially Eugen Duhring and the neo-Kantians. The pessimism dispute of the second half of the century has been largely ignored in secondary literature and this book is afirst attempt since the 1880s to re-examine it and to analyze the important philosophical issues raised by it. The dispute concerned the most fundamental philosophical issue of them all: whether life is worth living.

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Weltschmerz is a study of the pessimism that dominated German philosophy in the second half of the nineteenth century. Pessimism was essentially the theory that life is not worth living. This theory was introduced into German philosophy by Schopenhauer, whose philosophy became very fashionablein the 1860s. Frederick C. Beiser examines ...

Frederick C. Beiser was born and raised in the US, and studied in the UK at Oriel and Wolfson Colleges, Oxford. He also studied in Germany and lived in Berlin for many years, receiving stipends from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the Humboldt Stiftung. He has taught in universities across the US, and is currently Professor of Philosoph...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.98 inPublished:May 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Schopenhauer Legacy2. Schopenhauer's Metaphysics3. Schopenhauer's Pessimism4. The Illusion of Redemption5. Julius Frauenstadt: Apostle and Critic6. The Optimism of Eugen Duhring7. The Optimistic Pessimism of Eduard von Hartmann8. The Pessimism Controversy, 1870-18909. Mainlander's Philosophy of Redemption10. The Pessimistic Worldview of Julius BahnsenBibliography