Schopenhauer: v. 70 - A Consistent Reading (Studies in the History of Philosophy S. v.70)

Schopenhauer: v. 70 - A Consistent Reading (Studies in the History of Philosophy S. v.70)

By: G.Steven Neeley (author)Hardback

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Dr. Neeley seriously regards Schopenhauer's remarks about the unity, harmony, and consistencey of his philosophy. He may even be said to take Schopenhauer's consistency claims more seriously than any other major interpreter of his thought. Dr. Neeley who is also a lawyer as well as a professor of philosophy, treats Schopenhauer as if he were a client charged with a capital offense for a philosopher, i.e., producing an inconsistent philosophy. The charge of inconsistency has been a demon haunting Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophy from the earliest critical reviews of his masterpiece, The World As Will and Representation, through the present. If one were to derive a conclusion regarding Schopenhauer's philosophy based on the dominant themes exemplified in the secondary literature, one may well infer that Schopenhauer's philosophy was the product of a brilliant, but radically flawed thinker. It would seem that Schopenhauer was capable of provocative ideas, flashes of isolated insights, which inspired some philosophers and many creative artists, but that his thought was saturated with irreconcilable paradoxes and contradictions, although this all was expressed in a clear and, at times, delightful writing style. So it would appear that Schopenhauer was an illustration of an Emersonian "great soul," since he had "nothing to do with consistency," a hobgoblin that did not trouble his work. The young Nietzsche, who viewed Schopenhauer's philosophy as "riddled" with contradictions even when he was still deeply infatuated with Schopenhauer, would later judge that Schopenhauer's inconsistencies expressed his "intellectual conscience," his willingness to follow his own genius by not requiring his "truths" to logically cohere.


Preface i Foreword xi Acknowledgments xvii Chapter One - Schopenhauer's Miracle "Par Excellence" 1 Chapter Two - The Essence of Reality: The Knowledge and Nature of Schopenhauer's Will 25 Chapter Three - Schopenhauer and the Limits of Language 53 Chapter Four - Schopenhauer and the Platonic Ideas: A Reconsideration 83 Chapter Five - Schopenhauer's Mysticism: The Philosopher, The Genius, The Saint and The Mystic 123 Chapter Six - The Final Liberation: A Critical Examination of Schopenhauer's Concept of Human Salvation 157 Conclusion - Schopenhauer: A Consistent Reading 187 Bibliography 195 Index 201

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  • Number Of Pages: 236
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