Subject and Object in Schopenhauer

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:
 Subject and Object in Schopenhauer

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Shows how Schopenhauer uses the concepts of subject and object to describe experience and knowledge and to argue for idealism. The world of things in space and time is the world as representation, comprised of objects for the subject. There can be no subject without object and no object without subject. Schopenhauer's argument that this supports idealism is assessed critically on the grounds that ‘no subject without object’ is ambiguous.

Keywords: idealism; object; representation; Schopenhauer; space; subject; time

Chapter.  8767 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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