This brief text assists students in understanding Schopenhauer's philosophy and thinking so they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the Wadsworth Notes Series, (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON SCHOPENHAUER is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher, better enabling students to engage in reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.
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abstract Abstract Particulars absurd according to Schopenhauer action argues asceticism Brian Magee Campbell causality cause chapter claims concept concerning Descartes dream egoistic empirical essential ethics example experience explain explicate expression fact formulation Fourfold Root ground or reason Hamlyn Hegel hinge propositions human existence Hume Ibid impulse in-itself individual inner instantiation intellect judgments Kant Kant's philosophy knowledge known language-game laws of thought logical truth Magee Magee's matter meaning mental substance mind moral motive Nagel natural language Noble Eightfold Path nominalist noumenal object Odell pain perceive perception pessimism Plato Plato's Ideas principle of sufficient priori problem of universals proof properties Psychological egoism question realist reality recognize refer relation Russell Schopenhauer 1969 Schopenhauer's account Schopenhauer's philosophy sense space striving sufficient reason synthetic talk thing thing-in-itself toptables transcendental idealism trope true understanding universals verification principle virtue virtue ethics Wadsworth waking Wittgenstein word world as representation