On the Basis of Morality

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Hackett Publishing, 1995 - Philosophy - 226 pages
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This edition originally published by Berghahn Books.

Schopenhauer's treatise on ethics is presented here in E. F. J. Payne's definitive translation, based on the Hubscher edition (Wiesbaden, 1946-1950). This edition includes an Introduction by David Cartwright, a translator's preface, biographical note, selected bibliography, and an index. For convenient reference to passages in Kant's work discussed by Schopenhauer, Academy edition numbers have been added.

 

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The Basis of Morality (1840) is Schopenhauer's convincing and highly perceptive treatment on ethics, expanding on his ethical philosophy as formulated in his masterwork The World as Will and ... Read full review

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Section 1
1
Section 2
31
Section 3
33
Section 4
36
Section 5
36
Section 6
36
Section 7
37
Section 8
39
Section 9
49
Section 10
120
Section 11
199
Section 12
215
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Page 36 - Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

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Arthur Schopenhauer's pessimism comes from his elevating of Will above reason as the mainspring of human thought and behavior. The Will is the ultimate metaphysical animating noumenon and it is futile, illogical and directionless striving. Schopenhauer sees reason as weak and insignificant compared to Will; in one metaphor, Schopenhauer compares the human intellect to a lame man who can see, but who rides on the shoulder of the blind giant of Will. Schopenhauer saw human desires as impossible to satisfy. He pointed to motivators such as hunger, thirst and sexuality as the fundamental features of the Will in action, which are always by nature unsatisfactory.

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