- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications (May 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486440117
- ISBN-13: 978-0486440118
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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Essay on the Freedom of the Will (Philosophical Classics) (Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences Winner)
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Another reviewer correctly notes that Schopenhauer undermines his own argument at the last minute, or tries to, in a strange concluding chapter. There he argues that our feelings of personal responsibility for our actions points to freedom of some kind, a species of argument that he had earlier dismantled. Anyway, this freedom would have to exist beyond the empirical level, as his arguments have decisively eliminated any possibility of freedom there. The position Schopenhauer presents in that chapter involves the idea that we, somehow, choose our own characters at some mysterious point of emergence from the Kantian noumena. No commentator I have read has been able to make sense of it. In any case, it's completely skippable, a brief, tacked-on chapter that makes no difference for the rest of the book, which is very well worth reading.
Schopenhauer built on the idea of imperical and metaphysical characters and showed that they are two faces for the same moral character. On that Schopenhauer has built his own moral system supplanting that of Kant's.
Schopenhauer stoped short of providing the answer of why our metaphisical character is as such and not otherwise? This problem has been solved in the book The Will's Harmonic Motion: The Completion of Schopenhauer's Philosophy.
The essay of the freedom of the Will must be red first then the essay of the basis of morality to make both complete. Schopenhauer proves in every book of his that he is the best ever lived, he is clear, concise and straight to the point and always seeking the truth. All his books are a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy.