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The Riddle of the WorldA Reconsideration of Schopenhauer's Philosophy$
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Barbara Hannan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378948

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378948.001.0001

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A Sketch of Schopenhauer's Central Ideas

A Sketch of Schopenhauer's Central Ideas

(p.3) chapter one A Sketch of Schopenhauer's Central Ideas
The Riddle of the World

Barbara Hannan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of Schopenhauer's thought, explaining the main themes and arguments of his major works: On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason; The World as Will and Representation; Prize Essay on the Freedom of the Will; and On the Basis of Morality. Schopenhauer's views on explanation, causation, animal intelligence, reason, understanding, freedom, determinism, motivation, pessimism, the metaphysics of will, and the ethics of compassion are all presented briefly and clearly.

Keywords:   animal intelligence, determinism, causation, explanation, freedom, metaphysics of will, motivation, pessimism, reason, understanding, vernuft, verstand

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