This comprehensive Handbook offers a leading-edge yet accessible guide to the most important facets of Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophical system, the last true system of German philosophy. Written by a diverse, international and interdisciplinary group of eminent and up-and-coming scholars, each of the 28 chapters in this Handbook includes an authoritative exposition of different viewpoints as well as arguing for a particular thesis. Authors also put Schopenhauer's ideas into historical context and connect them when possible to contemporary philosophy.
- Structured in six parts, addressing the development of Schopenhauer's system, his epistemology and metaphysics, aesthetics and philosophy of art, ethical and political thought, philosophy of religion and legacy in Britain, France, and the US.
- Special coverage of Schopenhauer's treatment of Judaism, Christianity, Vedic thought and Buddhism
- Attention to the relevance of Schopenhauer for contemporary metaphysics, metaethics and ethics in particular.
The Palgrave Schopenhauer Handbook is an essential resource for scholars as well as advanced students of nineteenth-century philosophy. Researchers and graduate students in musicology, comparative literature, religious studies, English, French, history, and political science will find this guide to be a rigorous and refreshing Handbook to support their own explorations of Schopenhauer's thought.
Sandra Shapshay is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Political and Civic Engagement Program at Indiana University-Bloomington, USA. Her research focuses on Kant and Schopenhauer's aesthetic and ethical theories, as well as contemporary environmental aesthetics. Shapshay is working on a book that reconstructs Schopenhauer's ethical thought for contemporary use, and has also published numerous articles and book chapters on Schopenhauer's metaphysics, views on freedom, the sublime, and tragedy. With Levi Tenen, she is editing a special issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism on environmental aesthetics and ethics.
Part I. Biographical/historical background
1. David Cartwright (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, US)-Schopenhauer's intellectual biography
2. Wolfgang Mann (tentative) (Columbia University, US)-Plato's influence
3. Sabine Roehr (New Jersey City University, US)-Kant and Reinhold
4. Elisabeth Millán (DePaul University, Chicago, US)-Schopenhauer and early German Romanticism
Part II. Theoretical philosophy
5. Allen Wood (tentative) (Indiana University-Bloomington, US)-Schopenhauer's transcendental idealist metaphysics
6. Günter Zöller (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)-Freedom
7. Marco Segala (Università dell'Aquila, Italy)-Schopenhauer and the natural sciences
Part III. Aesthetics & philosophy of art
8. Sandra Shapshay (Indiana University-Bloomington, US)-Philosophy of art
9. Isabel Wünsche (tentative) (Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany)-Schopenhauer and painting
10. Diego Cubero Hernandez (University of North Texas, US)-Philosophy of music
Part IV. Ethical and political thought
11. Gudrun von Tevenar (Birkbeck College, London, UK)-Schopenhauer and Kant on the virtue of Menschenliebe (loving-kindness)
12. Colin Marshall (University of Washington, US) -Schopenhauer and contemporary metaethics
13. David Woods (University of Southampton, UK)-Political thought
Part V. Religion
14. Arati Barua (Deshbandhu College, New Dehlhi, India)-Schopenhauer and Indian thought
15. Robert Wicks (University of Auckland, New Zealand)-Judaism
16. Christopher Janaway (University of Southampton, UK)-Atheism and Christianity
Part VI. Legacy
17. Fred Beiser (Syracuse University, US)-Schopenhauer and later nineteenth-century pessimism
18. Aaron Matz (tentative) (Scripps College, US)-Influence on the nineteenth-century British novel
19. João Constâncio (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal)-Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
20. Matthew C. Altman & Cynthia D. Coe (Central Washington University, US) -Schopenhauer and Freud
21. Arnaud François (Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès)-Schopenhauer's French Reception