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Reconstructing Schopenhauer's Ethics: Hope, Compassion, and Animal Welfare

Sandra Shapshay


At the apex of his influence, from about 1860 up to the start of World War I, Arthur Schopenhauer was known first and foremost as a philosopher of pessimism, sparking an entire “pessimism controversy” in German philosophy in the latter part of the 19th century. Still today, his main reputation is as one of the few philosophers to have argued that it would have been better never to have been. Reconstructing Schopenhauer’s Ethics: Hope, Compassion, and Animal Welfare aims to complicate and challenge the predominant picture of Schopenhauer’s ethical thought. The reconstruction is novel in three m ... More

Keywords: Arthur Schopenhauer, pessimism, German philosophy, Platonic Ideas, ethics, Immanuel Kant, compassion, Charles Darwin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190906801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190906801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra Shapshay, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University-Bloomington