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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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Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s Will and Comparable Indian Ideas

Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s Will and Comparable Indian Ideas

(p.165) Chapter Thirteen Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s Will and Comparable Indian Ideas
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Arthur Schopenhauer’s doctrine of the will and its affinities with Indian philosophical ideas. It begins with a discussion of the arguments advanced by Schopenhauer and the Indian philosophers regarding the whole of material existence, the entire world of representation, the māyā of the Upanisads, the samsāra of later Hindu thought, and the parikalpita-svabāva of Yogācāra. It then considers how Schopenhauer and the Indians interpret what they deem to be an illusory world, along with the existence of a metaphysical force supporting the world-appearance and providing the basis out of which it comes into being. It also expounds on how the will and the causal body or store-consciousness relate to suffering and concludes with an analysis of the link between the doctrine of the will and the concept of śakti.

Keywords:   will, Arthur Schopenhauer, samsāra, parikalpita-svabāva, metaphysical force, material existence, causal body, representation, suffering, śakti

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