1st Edition

The Schopenhauerian Mind

Edited By David Bather Woods, Timothy Stoll Copyright 2024
    592 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) is now recognised as a figure of canonical importance to the history of philosophy. Schopenhauer founded his system on a highly original interpretation of Kant’s philosophy, developing an entirely novel and controversial worldview guided centrally by his striking conception of the human will and of art and beauty. His influence extends to figures as diverse as Fredrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Iris Murdoch within philosophy, and Richard Wagner, Thomas Hardy, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann, Samuel Beckett and Jorge Luis Borges outside it.

    The Schopenhauerian Mind is an outstanding, wide-ranging collection that explores the rich nature of Schopenhauer's ideas, texts, influences, and legacy. Comprising 38 original chapters by an international team of contributors, the volume is organised into five clear parts:

    • Knowledge and Reality
    • Aesthetics and the Arts
    • Ethics, Politics, and Salvation
    • Before Schopenhauer
    • After Schopenhauer

    The Schopenhauerian Mind covers all the key areas and concepts of Schopenhauer’s philosophy, including fields omitted in previous studies. It is essential reading for students of nineteenth-century philosophy, Continental philosophy and philosophy of art and aesthetics, and also of interest to those in related disciplines such as literature and religion.

    Introduction David Bather Woods and Timothy Stoll

    Part 1: Knowledge and Reality

    1. Realism and Its Discontents Douglas McDermid

    2. Schopenhauer’s Representationalist Theory of Rationality: Logic, Eristic, Language and Mathematics Jens Lemanski

    3. Schopenhauer’s Metaphysical Two-Aspect Account of the World and the Will to Life Manja Kisner

    4. Schopenhauer’s Theory of Science Timothy Stoll

    5. Representing Nothing: Schopenhauer "Decoding" Acoustical Science Steven P. Lydon

    6. Schopenhauer’s Synoptic Metaphilosophy Alexander S. Sattar

    7. Time, Death, and Boredom in Schopenhauer: Existential Themes in his Theory of (Self-)consciousness João Constâncio

    8. "Zwar ein Wissen, jedoch keine Wissenschaft": Schopenhauer’s Ambivalent Philosophy of History Anthony K. Jensen

    Part 2: Aesthetics and the Arts

    9. Schopenhauer’s Aesthetic Ideology Michel-Antoine Xhignesse

    10. Artistic Creativity and the Ideal of Beauty: The Representation of Human Beauty in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Art Bart Vandenabeele

    11. Schopenhauer and the Beauty of the Past Peter Poellner

    12. The Significance of Nichtigkeit in Schopenhauer’s Account of the Sublime Patrick Hassan

    13. Schopenhauer on Music Andrew Huddleston

    14. The Moral Weight of Art in Schopenhauer Sandra Shapshay

    Part 3: Ethics, Politics, and Salvation

    15. Schopenhauer’s Five-Dimensional Normative Ethics Colin Marshall and Kayla Mehl

    16. Schopenhauer and Modern Moral Philosophy Stephen Puryear

    17. Acquired Character Sean T. Murphy

    18. A Schopenhauerian Solution to Schopenhauerian Politics David Bather Woods

    19. Schopenhauer’s Critique of the State Jakob Norberg

    20. Schopenhauer’s Pessimism Byron Simmons

    21. Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Religion Jonathan Head

    22. Ways to Salvation: On Schopenhauer’s Theory of Self-Negation and Salvation Mathijs Peters

    Part 4: Before Schopenhauer

    23. Philosophy contra History? Schopenhauer on the History of Philosophy Sabine Roehr

    24. Schopenhauer, Europe, and Eurocentrism Christopher Janaway

    25. Schopenhauer on the Pessimism, Fatalism, and Superstitions of Herodotus and the Greek Tragedians Mor Segev

    26. Schopenhauer on Stoicism as a Way of Life and on the Wisdom of Life Keith Ansell-Pearson

    27. Schopenhauer on Spinoza: Animals, Jews, and Evil Yitzhak Y. Melamed

    28. Compassion, Egoism and Selflessness: Schopenhauer’s Problematic Debt to Rousseau David James

    29. Kant’s Monstrous Claim: Schopenhauer on the Intuitive Understanding and the Cognition of Causes Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval

    30. In Agon with Goethe: Parerga and Paralipomena 2 Adrian Del Caro

    31. Schopenhauer and Hegel Stephen Houlgate

    Part 5: After Schopenhauer

    32. ‘Either Shudder or Laugh’: Kierkegaard on Schopenhauer Patrick Stokes

    33. Wagner and Schopenhauer Mark Berry

    34. Thomas Mann on Schopenhauer: A Philosopher of the Future? Paul Bishop

    35. Wittgenstein Michał Dobrzański

    36. Melancholy and Pessimism: Adorno’s Critique of Schopenhauer Brian O’Connor

    37. Iris Murdoch and Schopenhauer Miles Leeson

    38. Schopenhauer in Latin America: Borges, and Funes, and the Poetry of Thought Elizabeth Millán Brusslan.



    David Bather Woods is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, UK. He has published work on a range of topics in Schopenhauer’s philosophy, including political philosophy, sexual ethics, boredom, punishment, and pessimism.

    Timothy Stoll is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, UK. He works on a variety of figures in post-Kantian philosophy, including Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Schiller.