With its pessimistic vision and bleak message of world-denial, it
has often been difficult to know how to engage with Schopenhauer's
philosophy. Schopenhauer's arguments have seemed flawed and his
doctrines marred by inconsistencies; his very pessimism almost too
flamboyant to be believable. Yet a way of redrawing this engagement
stands open, Sophia Vasalou argues, if we attend more closely to
the visionary power of Schopenhauer's work. The aim of this book is
to place the aesthetic character of Schopenhauer's standpoint at
the heart of the way we read his philosophy and the way we answer
the question: why read Schopenhauer - and how? Approaching his
philosophy as an enactment of the sublime with a longer history in
the ancient philosophical tradition, Vasalou provides a fresh way
of assessing Schopenhauer's relevance in critical terms. This book
will be valuable for students and scholars with an interest in
post-Kantian philosophy and ancient ethics.
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