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  • Series: Arguments of the Philosophers
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415487692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415487696
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on July 12, 2012
Schopenhauer by D.W. Hamlyn, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985, 192 ff.

Like most biographies of Schopenhauer, this book focuses on his greatest work, The World as Will and Representation (WWR). The author was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London, when this book was written. After a brief Introduction, David Hamlyn devotes 30 pages to Schopenhauer's PhD thesis, On the Four-fold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason - basically, a classification of different kinds of causes and effects. Schopenhauer supports Kant's classification of mathematics, space and time as synthetic a priori concepts. Here, Schopenhauer identifies knowledge with consciousness. Thus, the principle of causality is presupposed in perception and cannot be derived from perception.

After a short chapter on the relation between Schopenhauer's Will and the ideas of Plato and, more particularly, Kant, Hamlyn tackles first The World as Representation and then The World as Will, the first two Books of Schopenhauer's major work. When Schopenhauer opens with `The world is my idea', the meaning is that all we can know of the world is what we perceive through the senses - elaborating a view found earlier in Kant (and Locke). A difficulty with this view in Schopenhauer, as Hamlyn points out (again drawing on the Fourfold Root) is that `the relation between sensation and perception is not a causal one, even if it presupposes the law of causality.' This is because the concept of causality, being innate, is part of Kant's noumenal and Schopenhauer's Will.

The chapter on The World as Will identifies Will, as does Schopenhauer, as Kant's unknowable Thing-in-itself or noumenal dimension of the world. However, Hamlyn says it would be wrong `to take the will as being . . .
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