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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 in Context: The “Oriental Renaissance”

Schopenhauer in Context: The “Oriental Renaissance”

(p.9) Chapter Two Schopenhauer in Context: The “Oriental Renaissance”
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Arthur Schopenhauer’s commitment to the idea of an Oriental Renaissance—a rebirth of the spirit resulting from contact with Indian thought. It first considers Schopenhauer’s views regarding Christianity, and especially the twin doctrines of original sin and redemption. It then discusses Schopenhauer’s commitment to India as the source of philosophical knowledge and spiritual renewal and goes on to compare his notion of philosophy with that of the Indians. It also explores the idea that a significant affinity existed between some of Schopenhauer’s ideas and the thought of India, citing Paul Deussen as the most influential writer in this respect.

Keywords:   philosophy, Arthur Schopenhauer, Oriental Renaissance, Indian thought, Christianity, original sin, redemption, India, philosophical knowledge, spiritual renewal

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