Self and World in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy. Christopher Janaway. Abstract. Centres on Schopenhauer’s conception of the self and how it relates to the world, . Christopher Janaway (BA, DPhil Oxford) is a philosopher and author. Before moving to Southampton in , Janaway taught at the University of Sydney and Birkbeck, University of London. His recent research has been on Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche. Christopher Janaway. University of Southampton. Follow. Abstract. Schopenhauer asserts that ‘the will, which is objectified in human life as it is.

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Schopenhauer is considered to be the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein.

Schopenhauer’s central notion is that of the will–a blind, irrational force that he Schopenhauer is considered to be the most readable of German philosophers. Schopenhauer’s central notion is that of the will–a janxway, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature.

Seeing human behavior as that of a natural organism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexuality which influenced both psychologists and philosophers Paperbackpages. Published February 21st by Oxford University Press first published Very Short Introductions To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Schopenhauerplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. Oct 04, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Indeed, if you are interested in literature and the arts or would like have a deeper understanding of the challenges in life we all face yet are generally put off by philosophers and philosophy, schopenhayer book is for you.

By way of example, here are some Janaway and Schopenhauer quotes along with my comments. This being the case, ordinary existence is an alternating between frustration and boredom. But do not despair! There is jabaway possibility of escape: Hegel was also an appalling stylist, who seemed to build abstraction upon abstraction without the breath of fresh air provided by common-sense experience, and Schopenhauer — not alone in this — found his writing pompous and obscurantist, even dishonest.

He is clear and approachable, a great literary stylist and essayist, at the opposite end of the literary spectrum from the vast manaway of academic philosophers with their dense, obscure, technical language and convoluted syntax, forever quoting and referring to other equally dense, obscure, dry thinkers.

It is the ultimate goal of almost all human effort; it has an unfavorable influence on the most important affairs, interrupts every hour the most serious occupations. With this thinking, Schopenhauer anticipates Sigmund Freud and the development of psychoanalysis. His emphasis on artistic transformation, creative imagination and the truth and dignity of aesthetic experience made a powerful imprint on Guy de Maupassant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner and Thomas Mann, to schopfnhauer several.

When once asked what philosopher I would recommend on the topic of aesthetics, I suggested Schopenhauer. I also suggested to start an aesthetics journal where you can make daily entries of your own aesthetic experiences of art, music, performance, reading, nature, and everyday encounters with the world: The idea is to continually open yourself to experiencing the world aesthetically – a powerful path to self-transformation.

I restricted my review to Schopenhauer’s philosophy of art since this is the area of his thinking that was most influential, particularly among writers, artists and musicians. View all 18 comments. Read primarily to get a better fix on Mann.


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Jun 02, Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read Shelves: Schopenhauer’s central notion is that of the will–a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human Schopenhauer: Mar 13, Jackson Cyril rated it really liked it Shelves: A very detailed look at Schopenhauer’s philosophy.

The author’s admirable quality to let Schopenhauer himself make his case and only insert commentary when needed is to be greatly lauded. This is not to imply that the book is an easy read; the chapters on metaphysics are especially difficult to trudge through, but worth it I think, as the reader begins to understand one of the most unique voices in philosophy. Feb 16, Clif rated it really liked it.

I continue my wonderful readings of the “Very Short Introduction to Schopenhauer was born intwo hundred years after Thomas Hobbes. If you read my review of “A Very Short Introduction to Free Will” you will know that Hobbes was a pioneer in breaking free of the theological view of man. He insisted that human beings are just another form of animal life and Schopenhauer follows the same path. For Schopenhauer, we are driven b I continue my wonderful readings of the “Very Short Introduction to For Schopenhauer, we are driven by our will and our will is only the pressure of life present in any living creature that drives it to reproduce and fulfill other less necessary drives.

Whatever we may think about why we act, beneath it all we are completely physical beings different from other animals only in our ability to imagine reasons for our actions that allow us to claim individual motivation.

To Schopenhauer, we live under a delusion that makes us blind to the unity of all life.

Schopenhauer believes, in accord with Buddhism, that the only way to escape the misery of endless desire schopenuauer satisfaction is to calm the restless, craving mind through meditation.

His pessimistic view of life will not admit that there can be real happiness, at best there can only be calm endurance until death brings eternal peace. His pessimism extends so far as to deny that existence is better than non-existence and I disagree.

There can be joys in life, equally true back in the first half of the 19th century when he lived, so the idea that nothing at all is better than life astounds me. Perhaps the prison inmate, wrongfully convicted and sentenced to a life of incarceration, or a slave destined for nothing but hard labor could sympathize with Schopenhauer’s view.

Self and World in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy

For the rest of us, isn’t being able to love and be loved, or to take pleasure in one’s children more than adequate to offset the loss of everything in death? Nevertheless, Schopenhauer’s cold, clear view of reality that has not a word to say about God is refreshing for the time in which it was expressed.

Schopenhhauer he was born several decades after Jefferson and Adams, I believe they would have found much of what he wrote congenial to their Deist thoughts of God setting the world in motion and then letting things take care of themselves from then on.

Schopenhauer was precocious in his view of the unconscious, writing of how much lies below and contradicts the reasons we consciously give for our behavior. His thinking aligns with that of Darwin far before Darwin and with Freud far before Freud at a time when early science was mapping out the physical world and new ideas were tumbling from minds that questioned what had been handed down from history. Yet even Schopenhauer was blind to the equality of women, dismissing them as obviously inferior to men.


Nobody can completely escape their times Christopher Janaway has done a fine job writing this book. The editors of the “Very Short Philosophy in particular has a reputation for being difficult to penetrate though Schopenhauer is a notable exception yet I have had no trouble following the ideas in all of the series books I have read to date. Sep 10, Daniel Wright rated it really liked it Shelves: Schopenhauer’s life and works Chapter 2: Within and beyond appearance Chapter 3: The world as will and representation Chapter 4: Will, body, and the self Chapter 5: Character, sex, and the unconscious Chapter 6: Art and ideas Chapter 7: Existence and pessimism Chapter 9: Oct 19, Adam McPhee rated it it was amazing Shelves: I now stand weary at the end of the road; The jaded brow can hardly bear the laurel.

And yet I gladly see what I have done, Ever undaunted by what others say. The most readable of all those unreadable 19th century German philosophers. This book was helpful in digesting his actual philosophy, which I’ve tried to skirt as much as possible, preferring his essays and aphorisms and shorter writings. In fact, I often think of him alongside Strindberg and Lovecraft, writers wh I now stand weary at the end of the road; The jaded brow can hardly bear the laurel.

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In fact, I often think of him alongside Strindberg and Lovecraft, writers whose biographies I generally enjoy more than their written work. Schopenhauef while I’ve finally tracked down a copy of David Janaeay biography of Schopenhauer, I will say that I do like his actual writing, it’s just that a lot of it flies over my head. I was finally able to grab a better sense of what Schopenhauer means by Will, in particular how it’s something everything in nature possesses, without, like, anthropomorphizing rocks or whatever: What he wants to show is that schopemhauer conscious willing is no different in its basic nature from the many other processes which set the body, or parts of it, in motion.

Admittedly, willing to act involves conscious thinking – it involves the body’s being caused to move by motives in the intellect – but it is, for Schopenhauer, not different in principle from the beating of the heart, the activation of the saliva glands, or the arousal of the sexual organs. All can be seen as an individual organism manifesting will, in Schopenhauer’s sense. The body itself is will: This interesting idea is wrapped up in the much wider claim that the whole world in itself is will.

Just as my body’s movements have an inner aspect not revealed in objective experience, so does the rest of the world. Schopenhauer seeks an account which makes all fundamental forces in nature homogeneous, and thinks that science is inherently unsatisfying because it always tails schopenhaueer without explaining the essence or hidden inner character of the phenomena whose behaviour it accounts for.

His unifying account of nature is that all schopehnauer processes are a manifestation of will. This is likely at first sight to be dismissed as fanciful – but schopenhauerr should heed Schopenhauer’s warning that he is vastly extending the concept ‘will’: Consequently, no word could exist to denote the concept of this genus.

I therefore name the genus after its most important species, the direct knowledge of which lies nearest to us, and leads to the indirect knowledge of all the others. Schipenhauer anyone who is incapable of carrying out the required extension of the concept will remain involved in a permanent misunderstanding.