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The Riddle of the World: A Reconsideration of Schopenhauer's Philosophy

Barbara Hannan


This book is an introduction to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. The peculiar inconsistencies and tensions in Schopenhauer's thought are emphasized. A main theme of the book is that Schopenhauer was torn between realism and anti-realism, and between denial and affirmation of the individual will. A useful summary of Schopenhauer's main ideas is provided. In addition, the book connects Schopenhauer's thought with ongoing debates in philosophy. The book argues that Schopenhauer was struggling half-consciously to break altogether with Kant and transcendental idealism and that the anti-Kantia ... More

Keywords: causal power, compassion, idealism, Kant, Immanuel, metaphysics of will, panpsychism, realism, reason, salvation, Wittgenstein, Ludwig

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195378948
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378948.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Hannan, author
University of New Mexico
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