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By Robert Stern(eds.)

Better realization: Schopenhauer's Philosophy of Value reassesses Schopenhauer's aesthetics and ethics and their modern relevance.

  • Features a suite of latest essays from prime Schopenhauer students
  • Explores a comparatively missed sector of Schopenhauer's philosophy
  • Offers a brand new viewpoint on an excellent philosopher who crystallized the pessimism of the 19th century and has many issues of touch with twenty-first century inspiration

Chapter 1 Schopenhauer's Philosophy of worth (pages 1–10): Christopher Janaway
Chapter 2 again to fact: wisdom and enjoyment within the Aesthetics of Schopenhauer (pages 11–25): Paul Guyer
Chapter three Aesthetic event in Schopenhauer's Metaphysics of Will (pages 26–40): Alex Neill
Chapter four Schopenhauer on Aesthetic knowing and the Values of paintings (pages 41–57): Bart Vandenabeele
Chapter five Poetic instinct and the boundaries of feel: Metaphor and Metonymy in Schopenhauer's Philosophy (pages 58–76): Sandra Shapshay
Chapter 6 lifestyles is yet a replicate: at the Connection among Ethics, Metaphysics and personality in Schopenhauer (pages 77–97): Matthias Ko?ler
Chapter 7 wisdom and Selflessness: Schopenhauer and the anomaly of mirrored image (pages 98–119): Bernard Reginster
Chapter eight ordinary good looks and Optimism in Schopenhauer's Aesthetics (pages 120–137): Robert Wicks
Chapter nine Compassion and unity with victims: The Metaphysics of Mitleid (pages 138–156): David E. Cartwright
Chapter 10 Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, loss of life and Salvation (pages 157–170): Julian Young
Chapter eleven Schopenhauer's Politics: Ethics, Jurisprudence and the nation (pages 171–188): Neil Jordan

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WWR I: 169) Intuitive knowledge of the Ideas, in short, will be available only to a knowing subject who is not, or does not ‘know as’, an individual. And as intuitive knowledge of the Ideas is precisely what is given in aesthetic experience, it follows that the possibility of aesthetic experience depends ‘abolishing individuality’ in the subject. Understanding Schopenhauer’s conception of aesthetic experience (and indeed his aesthetic theory as a whole) thus depends on getting clear about just what he takes the abolition of individuality to involve.

On the other hand, his account of the nature of intellect and its relation to the individual will apparently pushes him to the claim that this ‘power’ can occur ‘only by way of exception, in genius’ (WWR II: 292). Aesthetic Experience in Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics of Will 33 Before concluding that Schopenhauer’s aesthetic theory and philosophy of art are indeed inconsistent with his metaphysics of intellect and will, however, we must consider whether there is anything further to be said—anything more than Schopenhauer himself says—on his behalf.

For only through these is the object interesting to the individual, in other words, has it a relation to the will. (WWR I: 177) Schopenhauer’s thought, then, is that the individual knowing subject is restricted to knowledge governed by the forms of the principle of sufficient reason inasmuch as in such a subject intellect is subordinate to and ‘conditioned’ by an individual will that is concerned only with things constituted under the forms of that principle. We are now in a position to see what Schopenhauer is getting at in his talk of the abolition of individuality as a precondition of intuitive knowledge of the Ideas and thus of aesthetic experience.

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