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Essay on the Freedom of the Will (Dover Philosophical Classics)

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The winning entry in a competition held by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences, Schopenhauer's 1839 essay brought its author international recognition. Its brilliant and elegant treatments of free will and determinism elevated it to a classic of Western philosophy, and its penetrating reflections still remain relevant.

Schopenhauer makes a distinction between freedom of acting (which he endorses) and the freedom of willing (which he refutes). The philosopher regards human activity as entirely determined, but he also posits that the variety of freedom that cannot be established in the sphere of human activity resides at the level of individuated will—a reality that transcends all dependency on outside factors. Because the essay's clear and rigorous argument reveals many basic features of his thought, it forms a useful introduction to Schopenhauer for students of philosophy or religion.

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Brilliant and elegant in its treatment, Schopenhauer's 1839 essay on free will and determinism still remains relevant to modern readers. A useful introduction to the philosopher's work for students of philosophy or religion.

Synopsis:

The winning entry in a competition held by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences, Schopenhauer's 1839 essay brought its author international recognition. Its brilliant and elegant treatments of free will and determinism elevated it to a classic of Western philosophy, and its penetrating reflections still remain relevant.

Synopsis:

An accessible introduction to Schopenhauer's philosophy, this 1839 work was awarded first place in a competition held by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences. The essay examines the issue of free will versus determinism, exhibiting many elements characteristic of the philosopher’s thought. Clear and rigorous in its presentation and arguments, it remains ever relevant to contemporary readers.

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ISBN:
9780486440118
Translator:
Kolenda, Konstantin
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Translator:
Kolenda, Konstantin
Author:
da, Konstantin
Author:
Schopenhauer, Arthur
Author:
Kolenda, Konstantin
Author:
Kolen
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Free Will & Determinism
Subject:
Free will and determinism
Subject:
History & Surveys - 19th Century
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Philosophical Classics
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.28 lb

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Brilliant and elegant in its treatment, Schopenhauer's 1839 essay on free will and determinism still remains relevant to modern readers. A useful introduction to the philosopher's work for students of philosophy or religion.

"Synopsis" by ,
The winning entry in a competition held by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences, Schopenhauer's 1839 essay brought its author international recognition. Its brilliant and elegant treatments of free will and determinism elevated it to a classic of Western philosophy, and its penetrating reflections still remain relevant.
"Synopsis" by ,
An accessible introduction to Schopenhauer's philosophy, this 1839 work was awarded first place in a competition held by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences. The essay examines the issue of free will versus determinism, exhibiting many elements characteristic of the philosopher’s thought. Clear and rigorous in its presentation and arguments, it remains ever relevant to contemporary readers.

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