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Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian ThoughtRepresentation and Will and Their Indian Parallels$
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Stephen Cross

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837358

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837358.001.0001

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“Representation”: Schopenhauer and the Reality-Status of the World

“Representation”: Schopenhauer and the Reality-Status of the World

(p.49) Chapter Five “Representation”: Schopenhauer and the Reality-Status of the World
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the main features of Arthur Schopenhauer’s doctrine of the world as representation, with particular emphasis on his thoughts about the reality-status of the world. The discovery of Indian thought, and especially the Oupnek’hat, appeared to Schopenhauer as a remarkable corroboration of the insights into the nature of the empirical world that had been achieved by Immanuel Kant only some twenty years earlier. Schopenhauer regarded himself as belonging to—and perhaps, indeed, as being the flag bearer of—the central tradition of European thought going back through Kant, Bishop G. Berkeley, and John Locke to René Descartes. This chapter first discusses Schopenhauer’s doctrine of representation which he articulated in his book The World as Will and Representation and developed into one of the twin pillars of his philosophy. It then considers Schopenhauer’s ideas about understanding (Verstand) and reason as well as causality as the root of intuitive perception.

Keywords:   representation, Arthur Schopenhauer, reality-status, Indian thought, Oupnek’hat, Immanuel Kant, understanding, reason, causality, intuitive perception

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