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A Companion to Schopenhauer

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7103-8
432 pages
February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Schopenhauer provides a comprehensive guide to all the important facets of Schopenhauer’s philosophy. The volume contains 26 newly commissioned essays by prominent Schopenhauer scholars working in the field today.
  • A thoroughly comprehensive guide to the life, work, and thought of Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Demonstrates the range of Schopenhauer’s work and illuminates the debates it has generated
  • 26 newly commissioned essays by some of the most prominent Schopenhauer scholars working today reflect the very latest trends in Schopenhauer scholarship
  • Covers the full range of historical and philosophical perspectives on Schopenhauer’s work
  • Discusses his seminal contributions to our understanding of knowledge, perception, morality, science, logic and mathematics, Platonic Ideas, the unconscious, aesthetic experience, art, colours, sexuality, will, compassion, pessimism, tragedy, pleasure, and happiness
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors x

Acknowledgments xiv

A Note on Cross-References xv

List of Abbreviations xvi

Introduction: Arthur Schopenhauer: The Man and His Work 1
Bart Vandenabeele

Part I Nature, Knowledge and Perception 9

1 Schopenhauer on Scientific Knowledge 11
Vojislav Bozickovic

2 Perception and Understanding: Schopenhauer, Reid and Kant 25
Paul Guyer

3 Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 43
Dale Jacquette

4 Schopenhauer’s Color Theory 60
Paul F.H. Lauxtermann

5 Schopenhauer and Transcendental Idealism 70
Douglas McDermid

Part II World, Will and Life 87

6 Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of the Dark Origin 89
William Desmond

7 The Consistency of Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics 105
G. Steven Neeley

8 Schopenhauer on Sex, Love and Emotions 120
Gudrun von Tevenar

9 Schopenhauer and Platonic Ideas 133
Frank C. White

10 Schopenhauer’s On the Will in Nature: The Reciprocal Containment of Idealism and Realism 147
Robert Wicks

Part III Art, Beauty and the Sublime 163

11 Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Music 165
Robert W. Hall

12 Schopenhauer’s Theory of Architecture 178
W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz

13 The Artist as Subject of Pure Cognition 193
Matthias Kossler

14 Schopenhauer on Tragedy and the Sublime 206
Alex Neill

15 Schopenhauer and the Objectivity of Art 219
Bart Vandenabeele

Part IV Compassion, Resignation and Sainthood 235

16 Schopenhauer on the Metaphysics of Art and Morality 237
Daniel Came

17 Schopenhauer on the Value of Compassion 249
David E. Cartwright

18 Schopenhauer and Indian Philosophy 266
David E. Cooper

19 Life-Denial versus Life-Affi rmation: Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on Pessimism and Asceticism 280
Ken Gemes and Christopher Janaway

20 Schopenhauer on the Inevitability of Unhappiness 300
Ivan Soll

Part V Schopenhauer’s Context and Legacy 315

21 Schopenhauer and Freud 317
Stephan Atzert

22 Schopenhauer’s Impact on European Literature 333
Paul Bishop

23 Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Wagner 349
Bernard Reginster

24 Schopenhauer’s Infl uence on Wittgenstein 367
Severin Schroeder

25 Schopenhauer’s Fairy Tale about Fichte: The Origin of The World as Will and Representation in German Idealism 385
Günter Zöller

Index 403

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Author Information

Bart Vandenabeele is Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art at Ghent University, Belgium. His research interests include Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, tragedy, the sublime, aesthetic judgment, and the values of art and literature. He has published chiefly in the areas of philosophical aesthetics, the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy, and the philosophy of language and communication. He is associate editor of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication.

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“This volume as a whole does a fine job in discussing these. And, unlike the volume on Hegel, this one can be used by students and readers new to Schopenhauer; this will be a good companion.”  (Reference Reviews, 26 August 2012)

“The essays uniformly succeed in engaging their topics in ways that will make them accessible to intermediate undergraduates but also interest graduate students and scholars.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Intermediate to advanced undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 September 2012)


This wide-ranging and absorbing collection of essays presents some of the finest Schopenhauer scholarship today. Its twenty-five chapters bring to life the power and provocativeness of Schopenhauer’s thought on everything from metaphysics to architecture, cognition to color theory, and Indian philosophy to aesthetics. Taken together, they constitute a timely reminder of how philosophy has been enriched by this maverick and much-neglected thinker.


-Simon May, King's College London

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