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The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Bryan Magee


There are unusual reasons why Schopenhauer's philosophy is important. Retaining from Kant the distinction between the noumenal and the phenomenal, he embraces the relevance of Eastern philosophy to the former and that of empiricism to the latter. His ethics—unlike Kant's, which are based on reason—are based on compassion. So he alone among major Western philosophers takes genuine account of Buddhism, yet at the same time gives full weight to science. Areas outside philosophy in which his thought has been important include psychology and the arts. As well as being the first and greatest philoso ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, compassion, Freud, German philosophy, history of philosophy, Kant, Bryan Magee, metaphysics, Nietzsche, noumenal, phenomenal, Schopenhauer, Wagner, Wittgenstein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198237227.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan Magee, author
Keble College, Oxford