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p. 424. Will, body, and the selflocked

  • Christopher Janaway


‘Will, body, and the self’ explores Schopenhauer's understanding of the self. Schopenhauer explains that the subject is that which knows, the object that which is known by it. The will is primary, and lies beneath the division between subject and object altogether. The larger contrast between will and representation reasserts itself here. The subject that represents and the object that is represented are both, in a sense, illusory, because in the world in itself the division between subject and object does not exist. Even if I the subject disappeared, and along with me all the individual objects that make up my experience, the will would still be there in itself.

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