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Schopenhauer's Contraction of Reason: Clarifying Kant and Undoing German Idealism

Gardner, S; (2012) Schopenhauer's Contraction of Reason: Clarifying Kant and Undoing German Idealism. Kantian Review , 17 (3) 375 - 401. 10.1017/S1369415412000143. Green open access

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Abstract

Schopenhauer's claim that the essence of the world consists in Wille encounters well-known difficulties. Of particular importance is the conflict of this metaphysical claim with his restrictive account of conceptuality. This paper attempts to make sense of Schopenhauer's position by restoring him to the context of post-Kantian debate, with special attention to the early notebooks and Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason. On the reconstruction suggested here, Schopenhauer's philosophical project should be understood in light of his rejection of post-Kantian metaphilosophy and his opposition to German Idealism.

Type: Article
Title: Schopenhauer's Contraction of Reason: Clarifying Kant and Undoing German Idealism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1369415412000143
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1369415412000143
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Kantian Review, 2012.
Keywords: causality; Fichte; German Idealism; Kant; object; post-Kantian; principle of sufficient reason; representation; Schelling; Schopenhauer; Spinoza; will
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/1411572
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