Historical dictionary of Schopenhauer's philosophy


    • Cartwright, David E.


Historical dictionary of Schopenhauer's philosophy

David E. Cartwright

(Historical dictionaries of religions, philosophies, and movements)

Rowman & Littlefield, c2016

2nd ed

  • : hardcover

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Chronology: p. xix-xxii

Bibliography: p. 277-338



Arthur Schopenhauer made the momentous decision to become a philosopher when he was approximately 22 years old. Prior to that decision, he had been studying medicine at the university in Goettingen. By that age, however, he had concluded that life was a troublesome affair. So he resolved to spend his life reflecting upon it. Schopenhauer was doggedly determined to persevere in what he considered his mission in life, to reflect on the "ever-disquieting puzzle of existence," to ascertain the meaning of living in a world steeped in suffering and death. He was confident that eventually his work would be recognized, a confidence that enabled him to weather laboring in relative philosophical obscurity for some forty years. What initiated the dawn of Schopenhauer's fame was a review of his philosophy that appeared in a British journal in 1853, and ever since that time, Schopenhauer drew a readership, one broader than most Western philosophers. He is read not simply and solely by professional philosophers, but also by the wider learned world. Indeed, some have claimed that he is the most widely read Western philosopher. This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Schopenhauer's Philosophy contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on all of Schopenhauer's books, significant philosophical ideas and concepts, as well as entries covering significant figures in his life and those influenced by this thinking.. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Arthur Schopenhauer.


Editor's Foreword Jon Woronoff Acknowledgments Reader's Note Chronology Introduction Schopenhauer's Life THE DICTIONARY Appendix: Chronology of the First Appearances of Schopenhauer's Philosophical Books in English Translation Bibliography About the Author

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