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date: 02 June 2020

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The chapter offers a critical analysis of Nietzsche’s objections to Schopenhauer’s philosophy. While the influence of Schopenhauer on Nietzsche is widely documented, the author’s intention here is to ask how Schopenhauer might respond to Nietzsche’s interpretation of his philosophy and his critical challenges and hence, ultimately, to assess the force of Nietzsche’s objections. The chapter considers Nietzsche’s central challenge, beginning with his account of Mitleid (compassion or pity) and, from there, opens out to the analysis of psychology, history, and the affirmation of life. It also considers two ways in which Nietzsche arguably steps out from under Schopenhauer’s influence: his “historical philosophy” and his style or philosophical attitude.

Keywords: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, pity, compassion, psychology, history, life affirmation

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