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A Consistent Reading. v. 70. Studies in the History of Philosophy S. v.70

By (author) G.Steven Neeley
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st May 2003
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 0773468730
ISBN-13: 9780773468733
Barcode No: 9780773468733
Dr. Neeley seriously regards Schopenhauer's remarks about the unity, harmony, and consistencey of his philosophy. He may even be said to take Schopenhauer's consistency claims more seriously than any other major interpreter of his thought. Dr. Neeley who is also a lawyer as well as a professor of philosophy, treats Schopenhauer as if he were a client charged with a capital offense for a philosopher, i.e., producing an inconsistent philosophy. The charge of inconsistency has been a demon haunting Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophy from the earliest critical reviews of his masterpiece, The World As Will and Representation, through the present. If one were to derive a conclusion regarding Schopenhauer's philosophy based on the dominant themes exemplified in the secondary literature, one may well infer that Schopenhauer's philosophy was the product of a brilliant, but radically flawed thinker. It would seem that Schopenhauer was capable of provocative ideas, flashes of isolated insights, which inspired some philosophers and many creative artists, but that his thought was saturated with irreconcilable paradoxes and contradictions, although this all was expressed in a clear and, at times, delightful writing style. So it would appear that Schopenhauer was an illustration of an Emersonian "great soul," since he had "nothing to do with consistency," a hobgoblin that did not trouble his work. The young Nietzsche, who viewed Schopenhauer's philosophy as "riddled" with contradictions even when he was still deeply infatuated with Schopenhauer, would later judge that Schopenhauer's inconsistencies expressed his "intellectual conscience," his willingness to follow his own genius by not requiring his "truths" to logically cohere.

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