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9. Schopenhauer's influencelocked

  • Christopher Janaway

Abstract

‘Schopenhauer's influence’ argues that Schopenhauer's lasting importance as a philosopher rests more on his manner of unfettered probing and blunt questioning, on his demolition of traditional certainties, and on the new insecurities he confronts. The old ideas of the immortal soul, the divine purpose, and the dignity of man have died for Schopenhauer, and should not be revived. The human species is a part of nature, and rationality gives it no especially elevated status. The human individual is embodied and restlessly active, an animal who strives and suffers, whose core is sexuality and egoism.

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