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The Kantian Foundation of Schopenhauer's Pessimism

1st Edition

By Dennis Vanden Auweele


242 pages

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This book connects Schopenhauer’s philosophy with transcendental idealism by exploring the distinctly Kantian roots of his pessimism. By clearly discerning four types of coming to knowledge, it demonstrates how Schopenhauer’s epistemology can enlighten this connection with other areas of his philosophy. The individual chapters in this book discuss how these knowledge types—immediate or mediate, representational or non-representational—relate to Schopenhauer’s metaphysics, ethics and action, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and asceticism. In each of these areas, a specific sense of pessimism serves to disarm a number of paradoxes and inconsistencies typically associated with Schopenhauer’s philosophy. The Kantian Foundation of Schopenhauer's Pessismism shows how Schopenhauer’s claim that he is a true successor to Kant can be justified.

Table of Contents


1. Schopenhauer’s Philosophical Pedigree

2. Schopenhauer on Knowledge

3. Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics

4. Schopenhauer on Ethics and Action

5. Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Religion

6. Schopenhauer’s Aesthetics

7. Schopenhauer’s Ascetics


About the Author

Dennis Vanden Auweele is assistant professor of philosophy of religion at the RU Groningen (University of Groningen) and postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven (University of Leuven). He is the editor (with Jonathan Head) of Schopenhauer’s Fourfold Root (Routledge, 2017) and, in Dutch, ‘Philosophy at Twilight: On Power and Hope, Impotence and Despair (2016).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Idealism