Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 02 June 2020

Abstract and Keywords

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

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.