By Robert Stern(eds.)

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

  • Features a suite of latest essays from top Schopenhauer students
  • Explores a comparatively ignored quarter of Schopenhauer's philosophy
  • Offers a brand new point of view on a very good philosopher who crystallized the pessimism of the 19th century and has many issues of touch with twenty-first century concept

Chapter 1 Schopenhauer's Philosophy of price (pages 1–10): Christopher Janaway
Chapter 2 again to fact: wisdom and delight 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 realizing and the Values of paintings (pages 41–57): Bart Vandenabeele
Chapter five Poetic instinct and the limits of feel: Metaphor and Metonymy in Schopenhauer's Philosophy (pages 58–76): Sandra Shapshay
Chapter 6 existence 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 ambiguity of mirrored image (pages 98–119): Bernard Reginster
Chapter eight normal attractiveness and Optimism in Schopenhauer's Aesthetics (pages 120–137): Robert Wicks
Chapter nine Compassion and cohesion with victims: The Metaphysics of Mitleid (pages 138–156): David E. Cartwright
Chapter 10 Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, dying and Salvation (pages 157–170): Julian Young
Chapter eleven Schopenhauer's Politics: Ethics, Jurisprudence and the country (pages 171–188): Neil Jordan

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But also, with a view to the completeness of this knowledge, the relations of things to one another’ (WWR II: 363). Again, As it is the principle of sufficient reason that places . . objects in . . relation to the body and so to the will, the sole endeavour of knowledge, serving this will, will be to get to know concerning objects just those relations that are laid down by the principle of sufficient reason, and thus to follow their many different connexions in space, time and causality. For only through these is the object interesting to the individual, in other words, has it a relation to the will.

4 Schopenhauer on Aesthetic Understanding and the Values of Art Bart Vandenabeele Schopenhauer is renowned for his account of the pleasures of aesthetic contemplation. A lot and perhaps even most of Schopenhauer’s insightful account of the arts can be reduced to a kind of enlightened aesthetic attitude theory that relates all artistic achievements back to the value of the aesthetic experiences afforded. But Schopenhauer’s account of tragedy reveals some reticence about the ‘aesthetic experience’ approach that is usually attributed to him.

To summarise very briefly, his thesis is that we have ‘double knowledge of our own body’. On the one hand, an individual’s body appears as ‘mere representation of the knowing subject, like all the other objects of this world of perception’. However, it also ‘occurs in consciousness in quite another way, toto genere different’: the individual is conscious of his body as an expression or manifestation of his will. ). And it is ‘by reason of’ my consciousness of my body as the objectification of my will that I am conscious of myself as—indeed, that I am—an individual.

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