- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgments
- Chapter One Introduction
- Chapter Two Schopenhauer in Context: The “Oriental Renaissance”
- Chapter Three Schopenhauer’s Indian Sources: Hinduism
- Chapter Four Schopenhauer’s Indian Sources: Buddhism
- Chapter Five “Representation”: Schopenhauer and the Reality-Status of the World
- Chapter Six The Reality-Status of the Empirical World: The Mādhyamika Teaching
- Chapter Seven Advaita Vedānta: The World as Illusory Appearance
- Chapter Eight Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s <i>Representation</i> and Its Indian Affinities
- Chapter Nine Schopenhauer’s Conception of the World as <i>Will</i>
- Chapter Ten Schopenhauer: The Will in Its General Forms (Ideas)
- Chapter Eleven Metaphysical Factors behind the Empirical World: Advaita Vedānta
- Chapter Twelve The Arising of the Empirical World in Buddhism: The Yogācāra Teaching
- Chapter Thirteen Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s <i>Will</i> and Comparable Indian Ideas
- Chapter Fourteen The Ontological Status of Will
- Chapter Fifteen Beyond the Will: “Better Consciousness” and the “Pure Subject of Knowing”
- Chapter Sixteen The Hidden Compass: Schopenhauer and the Limits of Philosophy
- Chapter Seventeen Schopenhauer and Indian Thought
- About the Author
- Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Monograph Series
- Production Notes
- (p.1) Chapter One Introduction
- Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought
- University of Hawai'i Press
This book explores Arthur Schopenhauer’s encounter with Indian thought, with particular emphasis on his doctrine of representation and his account of the genesis of the will. It considers the extent and nature of the affinities between Schopenhauer’s thought and the philosophical and religious ideas of India by concentrating on the schools associated with Hinduism and Buddhism: the Advaita Vedānta and the Mādhyamika and Yogācāra schools. The book is divided into four sections. The first section provides the background to Schopenhauer’s interest in Indian thought and the growth and extent of his knowledge of Hindu and Buddhist ideas. The second section deals with the doctrine of representation and related views found in India, while the third section discusses the doctrine of the will and its relation to Indian thought. The fourth and lasr section focuses on the ontological status of the will and the nature of final reality.
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