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Self and World in Schopenhauer's Philosophy - Christopher Janaway

Self and World in Schopenhauer's Philosophy

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198250036
Number Of Pages: 392

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Arthur Schopenhauer's central philosophical achievement was his account of the self and its relation to the world of objects. Embracing epistemological, metaphysical, psychological, and physiological concerns, his dynamic system of thought reveals in a unique way the serious philosophical conflicts that can arise when we think about the self. This book is the first full-length study of this theme, and Christopher Janaway's approach to it is historical, yet at the same time has a clear philosophical emphasis. He explores in unusual depth Schopenhauer's often ambivalent relation to Kant, seeing him as a pertinent critic, especially on the issues of idealism and free will. He shows that, while accepting transcendental idealism and the notion of a pure knowing 'I', Schopenhauer was always concerned to establish a rival view of the self as willing: primarily active, embodied, organic, and manifesting pre-rational ends and drives. In the final part of the book Janaway highlights the influence of Schop.

"An unusual and superlative work that does more than justice to the epistemic and metaphysical issues that lie at the heart of a philosophical understanding of the self and the world....What is striking about this original study is the detailed and illuminating analysis of the Kantian background of
Schopenhauer's thought, the careful examination of Schopenhauer's idealist standpoint, his distinctions between subject and object, and the thoughtful and insightful analyses of 'will' and 'willing.'"--Choice

Introduction 1: The Development of Schopenhauer's Philosophy 2: Kantian Objects 3: Kantian Subjects 4: Subject and Object in Schopenhauer 5: Idealism 6: Materialism 7: Knowing the Thing in Itself 8: Willing and Acting 9: Determinism and Responsibility 10: The Primacy of Will 11: Freedom from Will 12: Self and World 13: Remarks on Wittgenstein and Nietzsche 14: Conclusions Bibliography; Index

ISBN: 9780198250036
ISBN-10: 0198250037
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 18.95  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.45