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Idealism

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250037.003.0006
 Idealism

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Discusses Schopenhauer's claim that his idealism unites insights of Kant and Berkeley, and contrasts his position on the subject–object relation with that of Fichte. The question whether his idealism is solipsistic is raised. Schopenhauer's arguments that idealism is the only viable alternative to scepticism, and that the existence of a world of objects except for a representing subject is inconceivable are also critically analysed.

Keywords: Berkeley; Fichte; idealism; Kant; scepticism; Schopenhauer; solipsism

Chapter.  12120 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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