The Development of Schopenhauer's Philosophy

Christopher Janaway

in Self and World in Schopenhauer's Philosophy

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198250036
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597817 | DOI:
 The Development of Schopenhauer's Philosophy

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Schopenhauer's philosophy was formed during the years 1810–18. This chapter looks at the influences that shaped it, principally Kant, but also Plato, and the Upanishads. Schopenhauer aimed at a synthesis of these influences. Although indebted to Kant for the framework of his thought, he developed a conception of metaphysics and a ‘better consciousness’ of objective reality that would be free from the limitations imposed by Kant. Schopenhauer's antagonistic relationship with Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel is also mentioned.

Keywords: better consciousness; Fichte; Hegel; Kant; metaphysics; Plato; Schelling; Schopenhauer; Upanishads

Chapter.  5945 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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