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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 Indian Sources: Buddhism

Schopenhauer’s Indian Sources: Buddhism

(p.37) Chapter Four Schopenhauer’s Indian Sources: Buddhism
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers the Indian sources of Arthur Schopenhauer’s knowledge of Buddhist ideas. It begins with a discussion of Schopenhauer’s earliest contacts with Buddhism through the ethnography lectures of Arnold Heeren at Göttingen and works such as the Das Asiatische Magazin and F. Buchanan’s essay “On the Religion and Literature of the Burmas.” It then examines three major studies that describe forms of Buddhism belonging to East Asia, thus essentially giving Schopenhauer a view of Mahāyāna Buddhism: Jean-Pierre Abel Rémusat’s Mélanges Asiatiques, an essay on Buddhism in China by the French scholar M. A. Le Roux Deshauterayes, and I. J. Schmidt’s History of the East-Mongolians. The chapter also explores Schopenhauer’s personal attitude to Buddhism and the question of whether he, in his later life, may be regarded as a Buddhist.

Keywords:   Arthur Schopenhauer, Buddhism, Arnold Heeren, Das Asiatische Magazin, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Jean-Pierre Abel Rémusat, Mélanges Asiatiques, M. A. Le Roux Deshauterayes, I. J. Schmidt, History of the East-Mongolians

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