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p. 283. The world as will and representationlocked

  • Christopher Janaway


‘The world as will and representation’ examines Schopenhauer's doctrine of the will in his greatest work. His conception of will expressing itself within humanity, and the polarity he discovers between our being governed by the will and our escaping it, enables him to explain thought-processes as having an organic, survival-directed function, to show the influence of unconscious drives and feelings on the intellect, to suggest that our picture of ourselves as rational individual thinkers is in some sense an illusion, to place sexuality at the core of human psychology, and to advocate the renunciation of individual desires as the route to reconciliation with our existence.

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