Metaphysics of the Person

Bryan Magee

in The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237228
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191706233 | DOI:
Metaphysics of the Person

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Schopenhauer believes that differentiation is possible only where there is time or space, and therefore only in the phenomenal world: the noumenon must be one and undifferentiable. This inner one‐less of all being explains our feeling for others, the compassion on which morality is based. Thus, Schopenhauer's ethics are a practical inference from his metaphysics. At our death in the empirical world, we cease to exist as individuals, but our noumenal nature remains unaltered. Being noumenal, it is outside time, and indestructible.

Keywords: compassion; death; differentiation; metaphysics; noumenon; noumenal nature; phenomenal world; Schopenhauer; space; time

Chapter.  18975 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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