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- Schopenhauer’s Intellectual Relationship with Goethe: An Ambivalent Affinity
- Karl Christian Friedrich Krause’s Influence on Schopenhauer’s Philosophy
- Schopenhauer’s Understanding of Schelling
- Fichte and Schopenhauer on Knowledge, Ethics, Right, and Religion
- Schopenhauer and the Orient
- The Enduring Kantian Presence in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy
- Schopenhauer on the Will as the Window to the World
- Force in Nature: Schopenhauer’s Scientific Beginning
- Schopenhauer and Hume on Will and Causation
- Schopenhauer’s Haunted World: The Use of Weird and Paranormal Phenomena to Corroborate His Metaphysics
- The Mystery of Freedom
- Classical Beauty and the Expression of Personal Character in Schopenhauer’s Aesthetics
- The Genius and the Metaphysics of the Beautiful
- Schopenhauer and the Paradox of the Sublime
- Schopenhauer and the Metaphysics of Music
- The Moral Meaning of the World
- Schopenhauer’s Pessimism in Context
- Schopenhauer’s Moral Philosophy: Responding to Senselessness
- Schopenhauer on Law and Justice
- Schopenhauer, Buddhism, and Compassion
- Schopenhauer and Confucian Thinkers on Compassion
- Schopenhauer and the <i>Diamond-Sūtra</i>
- Schopenhauer and Hindu Thought
- Schopenhauer and Christianity
- The Inscrutable Riddle of Schopenhauer’s Relations to Jews and to Judaism
- Post-Schopenhauerian Metaphysics: Hartmann, Mainländer, Bahnsen, and Nietzsche
- Nietzsche’s Schopenhauer
- Schopenhauer and the Unconscious
- Schopenhauer’s Influence on Wagner
- Schopenhauer’s <i>Fin de Siècle</i> Reception in Austria
- The Next Metaphysical Mutation: Schopenhauer as Michel Houellebecq’s Educator
Abstract and Keywords
Schopenhauer is famously abusive toward his philosophical contemporary and rival, Friedrich William Joseph von Schelling. This chapter examines the motivations for Schopenhauer’s immoderate attitude and the substance behind the insults. It looks carefully at both the nature of the insults and substantive critical objections Schopenhauer had to Schelling’s philosophy, both to Schelling’s metaphysical description of the thing-in-itself and Schelling’s epistemic mechanism of intellectual intuition. It concludes that Schopenhauer’s substantive criticism is reasonable and that Schopenhauer does in fact avoid Schelling’s errors: still, the vehemence of the abuse is best perhaps explained by the proximity of their philosophies, not the distance. Indeed, both are developing metaphysics of will with full and conflicted awareness of the Kantian epistemic strictures against metaphysics. In view of this, Schopenhauer is particularly concerned to mark his own project as legitimate by highlighting the manner in which he avoids Schelling’s errors.
Judith Norman is Professor of Philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has written on Nietzsche and Schopenhauer as well as on early German Romanticism. She has co-translated many works of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer and is co-editing Schopenhauer’s “The World as Will and Representation”: A Critical Guide for Cambridge University Press. Her current project is doing philosophy with children in the San Antonio public schools.
Alistair Welchman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He co-translated both volumes of Schopenhauer’s World as Will and Representation for Cambridge University Press and is co-editing Schopenhauer’s “The World as Will and Representation”: A Critical Guide, also for Cambridge. He has published a wide variety of articles on German Idealism and contemporary French philosophy.
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