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This book gives a succinct explanation of Schopenhauer's metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of thought which inspired many artists and thinkers such as Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer's central notion is that of the will - a blind, irrational force which he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Christopher Janaway confronts Schopenhauer's uncompromising, pessimistic view that for the human
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individual non-existence would be preferable, and his claim that only aesthetic experience and saintly self-denial - escape from the will - can give life value. Schopenhauer is revealed as a challenging, progressive, and highly influential thinker.
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Christopher Norris, University of Wales an excellent brief introduction to Schopenhauer's thought - well-written, concise, and pitched at just the right level.
<br>Christopher Janaway is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birbeck College, University of London.<br>
1. Schopenhauer's life and works; 2. Within and beyond appearance; 3. The world as will and representation; 4. Will, body, and the self; 5. Character, sex, and the unconscious; 6. Art and ideas; 7. Ethics: seeing the world aright; 8. Existence and pessimism; 9. Schopenhauer's influence; Further reading