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Ideas and intelligible characters in Schopenhauer's philosophy

Rodríguez Rojas, Vicente José; (2019) Ideas and intelligible characters in Schopenhauer's philosophy. Masters thesis (M.Phil.Stud), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis attempts to provide a response to two critiques directed towards Schopenhauer’s adoption of the doctrines of Ideas and Intelligible Characters, while offering a new reading of their role and relevance. On the one hand, I intend to address concerns that regard Ideas as “third ontological categories”. On the other, I provide a response to the “problem of individuation of Intelligible Characters”. This is done by means of analysing the parallelism of both doctrines and presenting their relevance to Schopenhauer’s epistemology. This thesis is divided into four chapters. Chapter One is intended to serve as an introduction to Schopenhauer’s philosophy and nomenclature. In Chapter Two, I discuss the problem of Ideas as “third categories”, while presenting the means that lead us to address this problem. Chapter Three is dedicated to presenting the problem of individuation of Intelligible Characters. In this chapter I show that there is a close parallelism between this doctrine and that of Ideas, rendering the role of Intelligible Characters to be explanatory devices. In Chapter Four, I present a reading of Ideas and Intelligible Characters intended to address the incompleteness of a causal explanation of nature. They are presented as the philosophical counterpart of an understanding of the world through efficient and final causes.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil.Stud
Title: Ideas and intelligible characters in Schopenhauer's philosophy
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070019
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