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Schopenhauer: The World as Will and Representation

Volume 2


Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer

  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521870344

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  • The purpose of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer is to offer translations of the best modern German editions of Schopenhauer's work in a uniform format for Schopenhauer scholars, together with philosophical introductions and full editorial apparatus. The World as Will and Representation contains Schopenhauer's entire philosophy, ranging through epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action, aesthetics and philosophy of art, to ethics, the meaning of life and the philosophy of religion. This second volume was added to the work in 1844, and revised in 1859. Its chapters are officially 'supplements' to the first volume, but are indispensable for a proper appreciation of Schopenhauer's thought. Here we have his most mature reflections on many topics, including sex, death, conscious and unconscious desires, and the doctrines of salvation and liberation in Christian and Indian thought. Schopenhauer clarifies the nature of his metaphysics of the will, and synthesizes insights from a broad range of literary, scientific and scholarly sources. This new translation reflects the eloquence and power of Schopenhauer's prose, and renders philosophical terms accurately and consistently. It offers an introduction, glossary of names, bibliography, and succinct editorial notes.

    • An up-to-date, scholarly and readable translation of the second volume of Schopenhauer's major work
    • This volume marks the completion of the series of six translations of Schopenhauer's works
    • Contains indispensable supplements to the first volume, covering the philosopher's thought on psychology, desire, sex, death, and salvation
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    'Most of Schopenhauer's works will be translated in this Cambridge series, and this reviewer suspects this will open the floodgates to further scholarship on Schopenhauer - especially in newer avenues that bring contemporary science to his idealism and address his unique synthesis of Kant's thought with both the Upanishads and Buddhist thought. Volume 2 is an essential and more mature elaboration of volume 1 (2010), and the two volumes are best approached as one unit. If the other volumes in the Cambridge series have the same rigor and synthetic introduction as this one, it may be another 50 years before the next translation is necessary. This two-volume set is a masterpiece.' Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521870344
    • length: 764 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.35kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 2: Introduction
    Supplements to the First Book
    First half: the doctrine of intuitive representation
    1. On the fundamental view of idealism
    2. On the doctrine of intuitive cognition, or cognition based in the understanding
    3. Concerning the senses
    4. On cognition a priori
    Second half: the doctrine of abstract representation, or thinking
    5. On the intellect in the absence of reason
    6. On the doctrine of abstract or rational cognition
    7. On the relation of intuitive to abstract cognition
    8. On the theory of the comical
    9. On logic in general
    10. On the study of syllogisms
    11. On rhetoric
    12. On the doctrine of science
    13. On the doctrine of method in mathematics
    14. On the association of ideas
    15. On the essential imperfections of the intellect
    16. On the practical use of reason and Stoicism
    17. On humanity's metaphysical need
    Supplements to the Second Book
    18. On the possibility of cognizing the thing in itself
    19. On the primacy of the will in self-consciousness
    20. Objectivation of the will in the animal organism
    21. Review and more general considerations
    22. Objective view of the intellect
    23. On the objectivation of the will in nature devoid of cognition
    24. On matter
    25. Transcendent considerations concerning the will as thing in itself
    26. On teleology
    27. On instinct and creative drive
    28. Characterization of the will to life
    Supplements to the Third Book
    29. On the cognition of the Ideas
    30. On the pure subject of cognition
    31. On genius
    32. On madness
    33. Isolated remarks concerning natural beauty
    34. On the inner essence of art
    35. On the aesthetics of architecture
    36. Isolated remarks on the aesthetics of the visual arts
    37. On the aesthetics of literature
    38. On history
    39. On the metaphysics of music
    Supplements to the Fourth Book
    40. Preface
    41. On death and its relation to the indestructibility of our essence in itself
    42. Life of the species
    43. The heritability of traits
    44. Metaphysics of sexual love
    45. On the affirmation of the will to life
    46. On the nothingness and suffering of life
    47. On ethics
    48. On the doctrine of the negation of the will to life
    49. The way to salvation
    50. Epiphilosophy.

  • Author

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Editors and translators

    Judith Norman, Trinity University, Texas
    Judith Norman is Professor of Philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She publishes on nineteenth-century German philosophy, and particularly on German Romanticism.

    Alistair Welchman, University of Texas, San Antonio
    Alistair Welchman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, working on nineteenth-century German and contemporary French philosophy.

    Christopher Janaway, University of Southampton
    Christopher Janaway is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton. He is general editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer, and has published widely on Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

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