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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter explains Schopenhauer’s insistence on the metaphysical importance of art and, especially, music. Plato’s “greatest mistake,” according to Schopenhauer, was in condemning the inherent fluidity and contradictoriness of art rather than elevating it to the highest expression of the metaphysical Will, and it was this view of art that also led Schopenhauer to declare music, which is the least objective of all the arts, as the highest expression of metaphysical Being. After examining Schopenhauer’s redefinition of the Platonic Idea and Kant’s supersensible thing—in-itself as Will we will apply these notions to Schopenhauer’s elevation of art in general and music in particular.

Keywords: Schopenhauer, metaphysics, absolute, music, Plato, art

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