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The Veil of Maya: Schopenhauer's System and Early Indian Thought (Global Academic Publishing Books) Paperback – May 1, 2004

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  • Series: Global Academic Publishing Books
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Global Academic Publishing (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586842439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586842437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MarkK on October 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a complete amateur with an interest in Schopenhauer, rather than an academic philosopher, who Berger may have been writing for.

The thrust of the dissertation is to show the influence Indian thought, as it appeared in Latin translation in the early 19th century, had on Schopenhauer. The author argues the idea of maya, that is the idea that representation is not only not the "thing-in-itself" but is in fact a veil over truth that misleads us, fundamentally influenced Schopenhauer into developing his 'falsification' thesis and the reunciation of will as a means of salvation.

The author makes a good effort of showing influence of Indian thought by scouring through S's notebooks and referring. So the argument may have some validity, even though S himself dismisses it.

But unfortunately, I could not get over the dull prose. The author would recap sections quite often, and often retell quotes in his own words, the very paragraph after which the quote is made. Spelling mistakes and typing errors abound, and led me to believe this was a bit of a hack job.

Probably still worth a read for Schopenhauer enthusiasts.
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