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date: 31 May 2020

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Schopenhauer aspired to develop a metaphysics that provided a comprehensive explanation of the totality of experiences. Central to this task was the completion of the scientific image of the world by explaining assumptions made by, but not explainable by science and by explaining actual phenomena that science would rule out as impossible. So, in On Will in Nature, a work ostensibly concerned with showing how the best findings of science substantiated his metaphysics, the lengthiest chapter is “Animal Magnetism and Magic,” a discussion of phenomena that are viewed by science as impossible due to their violating the laws of space, time, and causality. In this chapter, the author critically examines the role that weird and paranormal phenomena play in validating Schopenhauer’s metaphysics, phenomena such as waking dreams, animal magnetism, ghosts, magic, prophetic dreams, clairvoyance, telekinesis, and communication with the dead.

Keywords: Schopenhauer, telepathy, clairvoyance, paranormal, animal magnetism

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