Schopenhauer on the Character of the World: The Metaphysics of Will

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University of California Press, Mar 17, 1995 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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The most extensive English-language study of Schopenhauer's metaphysics of the will yet published, this book represents a major contribution to Schopenhauer scholarship. Here, John E. Atwell critically but sympathetically examines the philosopher's main work, The World as Will and Representation, demonstrating that the philosophical system it puts forth does constitute a consistent whole. The author holds that this system is centered on a single thought, "The world is self-knowledge of the will." He then traces this unifying concept through the four books of The World as Will and Representation, and, in the process, dissolves the work's alleged inconsistencies.
 

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Contents

The Single Thought
18
From Perceptual Knowledge to Metaphysical Inquiry
32
From Science to Metaphysics
53
From the Body to the Will
81
From the Will to the Thing in Itself
106
From Nature to the Ideas
129
From the World to Salvation
154
CONCLUSION
173
ABBREVIATIONS
185
NOTES
187
INDEX
217
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John E. Atwell, Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, is author of Schopenhauer: The Human Character (1990) and Ends and Principles in Kant's Moral Thought (1986).

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