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On the Principle of Sufficient Reason

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"Schopenhauers analyses of causation and related concepts ... rival and probably surpass in their depth and brilliance the more celebrated discussions of David Hume. Where Hume grossly oversimplified these problems and left them riddled with paradoxes, Schopenhauer disentangled them and shed light on what had seemed hopelessly dark" - Richard Taylor

This little-known work by the famous German pessimist and critic of Hegel was originally written as a doctoral dissertation when Schopenhauer was just twenty-six, but it was later revised when the philosopher was sixty. So important did he consider this work, originally titled "On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason," that he often underscored the fact that no one could hope to understand his magnum opus, The World as Will and Representation, without having first read this work. Schopenhauer takes up where Kant left off in response to Hume, and his insights into the nature of perception and understanding remain amazingly relevant and still unsurpassed.

"Our knowing consciousness, which manifests itself as outer and inner sensibility (or receptivity) and as understanding and reason, subdivides itself into subject and object and contains nothing else. To be object for the subject and to be our representation are the same thing. All our representations stand towards one another in a regulated connection, which may be determined a priori, and on account of which nothing existing separately and independently, nothing single or detached, can become an object for us. It is this connection which is expressed by the Principle of Sufficient Reason in its generality." - chapter 3, §16

Book News Annotation:

This little-known work by the famous German pessimist and Hegel critic was originally written as a doctoral dissertation when Schopenhauer was 26 and was revised when he was 60. Schopenhauer felt this slim volume, which takes up where Kant left off in response to Hume, was essential to understanding his magnum opus, The World as Will and Representation. This paperback edition is a reprint of the 1891 fourth edition. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591023838
Translator:
Hilebrand, Karl
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Translator:
Hillebrand, Karl
Translator:
Hilebrand, Karl
Author:
Hillebrand, Karl
Author:
Schopenhauer, Arthur
Subject:
General
Subject:
Will
Subject:
Sufficient reason.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Modern
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
189
Dimensions:
8.56x5.56x.47 in. .52 lbs.

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