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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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Schopenhauer’s Conception of the World as Will

Schopenhauer’s Conception of the World as Will

(p.103) Chapter Nine Schopenhauer’s Conception of the World as Will
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Arthur Schopenhauer’s conception of the world as will and whether there is any common ground between his doctrine and Indian thought. It begins with a discussion of Schopenhauer’s critique of Immanuel Kant’s doctrine of the thing-in-itself, along with his claim that “the natura naturans or thing-in-itself is the will in our heart, whereas the natura naturata [nature in its created aspect] or the phenomenon is the representation in our head.” It then considers Schopenhauer’s argument that the will is primary, and the intellect and all its works derive from it, and that the will is to be found throughout the whole of nature. It also explores Schopenhauer’s contention that the will always seeks the expression and perpetuation of the species, which in animal and human life is seen as the sexual impulse and in the passion with which the offspring are cared for and protected by the parents.

Keywords:   will, Arthur Schopenhauer, Immanuel Kant, thing-in-itself, natura naturans, natura naturata, intellect, nature, species, sexual impulse

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