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date: 02 June 2020

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This Introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer begins with a brief overview of Schopenhauer’s life and philosophical interests, emphasizing how the experience of compassion is central for understanding his philosophy. It highlights Schopenhauer’s profound distress about the amount of suffering in life and how this inspires his pessimism about the ordinary world and his subsequent hopes for transcendence through the minimization of suffering. The Introduction continues with a summary of the volume’s thirty-one essays that together address (1) influences on Schopenhauer; (2) Schopenhauer’s metaphysics of will and empirical knowledge; (3) aesthetic experience, music, and the sublime; (4) human meaning, politics, and morality; (5) religion and Schopenhauer’s philosophy, and (6) Schopenhauer’s influence.

Keywords: Schopenhauer, suffering, will, beauty, religion, morality, music, pessimism, compassion

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