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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter traces Schopenhauer’s interest in the Orient from his childhood using the background of the developments in European Orientalism. Particular attention is paid to Oriental philosophies, religions, and textual sources that played a role in the genesis and development of Schopenhauer’s philosophy. The reader will thus get an overview of oriental influences and of particular movements and themes of interest to the philosopher. Attention is paid particularly to the least-researched but most crucial phase of Schopenhauer’s intellectual development, namely, the period prior to the publication of Schopenhauer’s major work of 1819, The World as Will and Representation.

Keywords: Schopenhauer, orientalism, Oupnek’hat, Buddhism, Hindu thought, Anquetil-Duperron, Isaak Jakob Schmidt

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